Report: Green Bay Packers to release Jermichael Finley

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 16, 2012 at 09:28 a.m.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has talked a lot about his lack of opportunities this season, calling himself the fourth option for Aaron Rodgers. It sounds like next year he won't be an option at all.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the team "not only wants to get rid of Finley but has decided to do exactly that in the off-season."

If the team can't find a trade partner, they will release Finley after signing him to a two-year, $14 million deal before the NFL Scouting Combine last February. Cutting Finley would be virtually painless for the team's salary cap. He also is due no guaranteed money.

We highly recommend reading McGinn's exhaustive and fascinating article. Much of it reads like a takedown of Finley's disappointing season, from his poor blocking to his drops to his undisciplined route running and attitude. The team has reportedly also grown weary of Finley's public comments and were said to be "livid" with Finley's agent for tweeting that Aaron Rodgers was not a great leader.

"He's that type of athlete that will fool people," one scout told McGinn when asked about his trade or free agent value. "Unless you really, really dig and do your homework, and just look superficially, you'll say all he needs is just a change of scenery."

Perhaps this report was intended to be a wakeup call from the organization to Finley. But we don't doubt the Packers have grown tired of Finley's act.

With Greg Jennings also set to be a free agent, the Packers could look a lot different next season.