|It's unclear at this point if Finley will be back in Green Bay. (US Presswire)|
Green Bay's Jermichael Finley is one of the most athletic tight ends in the game. And though he has caught at least 55 passes in three of the past four seasons, Finley usually leaves behind a whiff of disappointment.
It just feels like Finley should be one of the most productive tight ends in the league. He almost certainly has the talent to do so but hasn't broken through into the big time. Now, there's a real chance that if he does become that top-five guy, it won't be in a Packers uniform.
As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora broke down this week, the Packers would owe Finley a $4.4 million base salary in 2013 to go with a $3 million roster spot, and La Canfora's sources expect Finley to end up elsewhere. Finley, meanwhile, puts his odds of remaining in Green Bay at 50-50.
"I would love to stay there," Finley said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But if Green Bay says otherwise, I play football for a living, so I'd have to switch gears and get ready for another chapter in my life."
Before the 2012 season, Finley agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million. But Finley only scored two touchdowns this season. And though he's only 25 years old, the Packers have to wonder if the five-year veteran will be the kind of impact player that they at one time envisioned.
"It's the nature of the business," Finley said. "If there's a guy that's overpaid or that they think is overpaid, they'll ask for a pay cut. There's no doubt that I want to be there for life. But it's a business, and the business will tell you otherwise. I would say on the business front, it's 50-50. But if it was up to me or anybody in my circle, I would love to be back."
One way for the two sides to come to an agreement would be to restructure Finley's deal and make it more salary cap-friendly for the Packers. That, of course, depends on how much Finley wants to stay in Green Bay, because there's a good chance he could find a better deal on the free-agent market (because of his youth and athleticism).
"At the moment, there's no communication," Finley said. "Everything is shut down. That's a sign that everything is good at the moment. But if not, I'll be disappointed."
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