The Twitter version of Jermichael Finley is one of those bros who wakes up, rolls to the left every morning, and then promptly punches in something like “what’s up tweeps? hope everyone has a great day“. He’s a nice fellow, but he rarely says anything of consequence.
That changed this afternoon when he told the world he’ll be the league’s most overpaid tight end in 2013. Or something like that.
— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) March 25, 2013
At 4 p.m. ET tomorrow, Finley is due a $3 million roster bonus, meaning that a long speculated move by the Packers — cutting him, and ridding themselves of their Finley problem — had to be done by then, because businesses that spend $3 million just for something to do mostly end up hating themselves.
As you can see above, the Packers reached their decision, and Finley made bank. It was expected that if Finley was to remain in Green Bay, at the very least he would be asked to restructure (see: take a pay cut) his contract that was set to pay him $8.25 million in 2013 during the final season of a two-year deal. But nothing happened, and now he’ll earn every last dime.
For some perspective on how warped that figure is, Rob Gronkowski is averaging $6.9 million per season over the life of his eight-year deal signed last summer, and he had 790 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012, even though he missed five games. Finley played a full season, yet he finished with fewer yards (667), and significantly fewer scores (2).
He doesn’t deserve that cash, but after Tom Crabtree left for the Buccaneers through free agency, the Packers’ hand was forced. Well no, that’s completely wrong. With their 26th overall pick in the first round next month, Green Bay was/is in an ideal position to draft one of the top two tight ends, either Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifret. They presumably want to use that pick to address other first-round priorities, but the cost of such a move is a drastic overpayment.
There’s hope. Sure, Finley was largely absent during the first half of 2012 when he averaged 33.1 receiving yards per game, including four games with less than 25 yards. Then in the second half of the season that weekly averaged jumped to 50.3 yards. Progress?