Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will be back in Green Bay next season. Lets get that out of the way from the beginning.
The question is, should general manager Ted Thompson lock in the talented but drop-prone Finley to a long-term contract, or should the Packers use their franchise tag on him to see if the 24-year-old can become more consistent before they fully commit to him?
The problem for Thompson is its not that simple.
Finley wants a long-term contract. He wants to stay in Green Bay. But if the Packers dont oblige, it could become a bad situation for both the team and for Finley as they grapple to define his value through the franchise process, which begins Feb. 22.
Tight ends arent what they used to be. No longer are they only pass catchers when all of the receivers are covered. The position has evolved. Tight ends like Finley are simply bigger versions of wide receivers.
In 2011, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was sixth in the NFL in receiving yards. Right behind...