McGinn mentions that GM Ted Thompson is in favor of retaining Finely, but other “members of the personnel department” would prefer to see them release him.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune mentions that the Chicago Bears could have interest if he becomes available. McGinn also mentioned the Bears as a team to watch.
Finley, 25, counts $8.75 million against the Packers’ salary cap this season and still hasn’t lived up to his potential. Green Bay figures to address the contracts of QB Aaron Rodgers and OLB Clay Matthews in the next few months, so parting with Finely could give them some extra leeway financially, but they don’t have an obvious replacement on their roster at this point in time.
Parting with Finely could also allow them to franchise impending free agent WR Greg Jennings, which is something they’re reportedly considering.