Found March 25, 2013 on XLJournal:
The tight end class of free agents for the 2013 offseason was deep even before the possibility of Jermichael Finley being released by the Green Bay Packers came up a few months ago. The class included talented pass catchers such as Jared Cook, Martellus Bennett, and Dustin Keller. Today Finley was due a $3 million roster bonus and the Packers let it pass without cutting the 5 year veteran, bringing his total 2013 salary to $8.25 million. For better or worse, Finley will be a Packer in 2013. Retaining Finley became a more viable option once it was certain that wide receiver Greg Jennings was leaving for a new team; he joined the rival Minnesota Vikings to replace recently traded receiver Percy Harvin. While the Packers had the depth at receiver to let Jennings walk in free agency–the team still has Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones–replacing Finley and all his athleticism at the tight end position would have been more of a challenge now that the options listed above are already signed to new teams. I agree whole-heartedly with the Packers’ decision to retain Finley. First off, he is a familiar target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers which is a big deal after the loss of Jennings. Second, he makes the middle of the field a danger area for opposing defenses should they become too focused on Nelson, Cobb, or Jones. Lastly, the case can be made that Finley has yet to reach his true potential. His first 3 years in the league were hampered by injuries as he missed 16 games over that span. In 2011, Finley had his best year grabbing 55 receptions for 767 yards and 8 touchdowns before taking a step backwards in 2012. The silver lining from the past 2 seasons is that he played in all 32 games, and with a favorite target in Jennings gone expect Finley’s targets to increase in 2013. Overall, the Packers have remained mostly idle as free agency has passed by ever since March 12th, but the move to retain Finley keeps them somewhat level relative to years past.

Report: Packers uncomfortable with Jermichael Finley’s salary

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers have spoken with Jermichael Finley’s reps about his contract, but haven’t demanded that he takes a pay cut to remain on roster. According to one source, the Packers’ brass did express that they’re uncomfortable with the tight end’s $8.25 million salary this year. The two sides have talked. And Monday, Finley’s future...

Finley receives roster bonus, stays with Pack

GREEN BAY, Wis. Tight end Jermichael Finley will still be with the Green Bay Packers for the 2013 season. Finley was due to receive a 3 million roster bonus if still on the team by the end of Monday's NFL business hours. After the deadline passed, Finley announced on his Twitter account that he will remain in Green Bay for next season. "Ecstatic 2 b back w the Packers...

Jermichael Finley says he’ll be playing for the Packers in 2013

We just reported that the Green Bay Packers are uncomfortable with tight end Jermichal Finley’s contract, but clearly they’re comfortable enough to pay him a $3 million roster bonus, since they didn’t release him before 4 PM eastern time today. Finley announced on Twitter that he isn’t going anywhere, he’ll be playing for the Packers in 2013. Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers...

Packers bring back Finley for 2013

Jermichael Finley is ready for the increased expectations that are sure to come with his increased salary. The Green Bay Packers opted to pay their mercurial tight end a $3 million roster bonus rather than cut him by 4 p.m. EDT Monday afternoon. Though Finley swears he wasn't watching the clock, he took to Twitter shortly after the deadline passed, saying, ''Ecstatic...

Packers hang on to Finley

The Green Bay Packers are hanging onto tight end Jermichael Finley. The Packers had to cut the mercurial tight end before 4 p.m. EDT Monday to avoid paying a $3 million roster bonus. After the deadline passed, Finley said on Twitter, ''Ecstatic 2 b back w (at)packers. Best place on earth.'' Finley set a Packers record for receptions (61) by a tight end last season...

Packers Likely To Keep TE Jermichael Finley Despite $3M Roster Bonus

Ian Rapoport reports that Packers TE Jermichael Finley has a $3 million roster bonus due on Wednesday. Rapoport mentions that he expects to see the Packers keep Finley, but believes Green Bay could still approach him regarding a pay cut. Finley, 25, has an $8.25 million salary coming his way this season, which is also the final year of his current contract. Green Bay has some...

Jermichael Finley Gets $3 Million Roster Bonus, will remain with Packers

The Green Bay Packers made a surprise decision today. For weeks it had been assumed that the team would part ways with the their mercurial tight end. is reporting that the Packers paid Finley a $3 million roster bonus and the tight end will make $8.25 million this season. Finley seemed ecstatic judging by his twitter post. Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers. Best place on earth...
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