Packers keeping Finley, paying big roster bonus

There was considerable speculation about what the Green Bay Packers would do with Jermichael Finley the past two months and ultimately the club did what it had to – it kept the playmaking tight end.

After losing wide receiver Greg Jennings via free agency, Green Bay couldn’t afford to lose Finley. So, the Packers will pay him a $3 million roster bonus due Tuesday and he will earn $8.25 million this season in the final year of his contract, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

If the Packers were anxious to reduce Finley’s price for this season, ultimately they didn’t act on it. So, Finley will pick up $3 million on his 26th birthday. Green Bay might be overpaying him this season but the offense would be in a jam if it lost another playmaker.

Now, Finley has to go out and have the kind of season that will induce the Packers and other clubs to desire to invest big in him when he hits the open market next year.

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