Jermichael Finley sees it as "50/50" whether he'll stay with Packers
The Packers must decide if it's worth giving Jermichael Finley another season at $8.25 million.
By Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 7, 2013
Green Bay - He's not treating this February any differently. He's not agonizing about his future.
In Minneapolis, Jermichael Finley continues to work out with "Dr. Josh." With sports medicine specialist Josh Sandell, the Green Bay Packers tight end says he's keeping his body right and, most importantly, keeping his mind right.
Maybe Finley stays in Green Bay next season. Maybe he's moving on. On Thursday, he said it's "50/50" whether he will be in Green Bay next season.
"I would love to stay there," Finley said, "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."
Count this as one of general manager Ted Thompson's most difficult decisions this spring. By releasing or trading Finley, the Packers save $8.25 million. He's due a $3 million bonus in March. Yet this is also a young, athletic, physical specimen that's rare for the position. If the Packers let the 25-year-old walk - without a proven replacement in house - they might regret it.
At his season-ending news conference, coach Mike McCarthy threw his support behind Finley.
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