The Green Bay Packers are most likely focused on their picks for the upcoming draft but roster issues are something that’s always a bit of a concern especially when it involves one of their top offensive weapons.
2010 was slated as TE Jermichael Finley’s coming out party which was suppose to translate into a Pro Bowl selection and plenty of statistical accomplishments but all of that ended during the teams loss to the Washington Redskins. Finley suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his knee which cost him the rest of the season.
As of now, the Packers have Finley under contract for another season but if he shows the kind of promise that everyone is expecting it could make for a tough predicament for the team. Green Bay would no doubt look to sign him to a longterm extension but the kind of money that he could command may impact the teams decision to do so.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that a decision regarding Finley should take place in the near future rather after the 2011 season.
“G.M. Ted Thompson can’t sit around and wait to see if Quarless develops because there’s a very good chance that after this year Finley will demand truckloads of money the Packers aren’t willing to deliver,” Silverstein writes.
Andrew Quarless filled in for Finley and ultimately helped them win a Super Bowl but Quarless’s play wasn’t a huge factor during the teams Super Bowl run and he would have to show large amount of improvement before the team would ever consider him longterm option.
Silverstein notes that the Packers will most likely look to grab another tight end in the upcoming draft which has become something of a habit for the team.
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to the teams tight end position but the Packers can rest assured that they can always use the franchise tag on Finley as long it’s part of the new CBA agreement.