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Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 10:11 pm
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Green Bay keeps Finley for two more years, is Flynn  next? (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

There were concerns heading into the offseason that free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who hauled in 131 passes for 1,744 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Packers since 2009, would want to be paid like a wide receiver. Turns out, the two sides found common ground nearly two weeks before the start of free agency; Finley has signed a two-year deal with Green Bay worth slightly less than $15 million. ProFootballTalk.com originally reported the news and Finley confirmed it on Twitter.

JermichaelF88
It's TRUE! Thank you so much to the Packers organization, all of my fans, and my beautiful wife. Happy Bday. Let's GO Packers!! Back soon...
2/22/12 8:31 PM

As PFT noted, the average value of Finley's new contract -- roughly $7.5 million -- splits the difference between the franchise tag values for tight ends ($5.4) and wide receivers ($9.4).

Finley made $1.2 million in base salary last season.

Signing Finley means that the Packers now have the franchise tag still available to them to use as they see fit. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein tweets that "I anticipate the Packers using the franchise tag on (Matt) Flynn now. They'll take the $14 million cap hit and then deal him to somebody."

We wrote about this possibility on January 3 when Silverstein first floated the idea of a Packers tag and trade:

Silverstein [writes] that the move isn't without risk for the Packers. Putting aside the illegality of a tag and trade, there's also the issue of having a $14 million backup on your roster if other teams aren't sufficiently interested in trading for him. Which means that team president Ted Thompson would have to work with Flynn's agent "behind the scenes to find a trading partner and then negotiate a deal suitable to Flynn."

Silverstein was told by a "prominent agent who has represented a franchise player" that Green Bay could be in line for a first-round pick at minimum for Flynn, and maybe a first- and third-rounder.

That sounds, well, extreme, especially since Hue Jackson already traded for Carson Palmer.  


Almost two months later and it still sounds extreme.

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handicappers
Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:46 am
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

brewers got stuck with rodriguez' big salary when they tendered him an offer in order to get 2 compensatorydraft picks and no one signed him.  will the packers get stuck with a $14 million salary when no one wants to give up what the pack is asking.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

Finley might just be the most over-rated TE in all of football. He has great tools. But his hands aren't very good. That, and he likes to tell everybody how great he is. 7.5 million a year could have gotten the Packers a couple of real difference makers that this team needs to get back to the Super Bowl. But not Thompson, all he cares about is signing his own. Everybody like to say the he drafts great every year. If that were the case, this team wouldn't need at least 2 pass rushers, a Safety, a couple of good O-Linemen especially a Left Tackle, An actual NFL running back. Instead of doing these things he commits way to much money to players like Finley this year. Last year it was AJ Hawk. A LB that cannot cover anybody, and makes very few impact plays.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

Although I can understand the Packers reluctance to let Matt Flynn go without getting anything in return, franchising him at $14m would be a huge - bordering on insane - gamble.

Personally, I am not jumping for joy at the Finley deal, as I consider him to be somewhat over-rated,  but I suspect Aaron Rodgers will be happy, and his opinion counts for a lot more than mine! 



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

Hmmm...Might the Packers sign and trade Matt Flynn to the Dolphins where he will be reunited with his previous Offensive Co-ordinator Joe Philbin? What do you guys think?  



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

Dumb decision by Finley.........



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:30 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

Flynn, the former LSU QB wants to start. Final answer.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

I really thought they would let him go. Shows what I know. 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Packers sign Finley to 2-year deal, Flynn next?

The Carson Palmer trade was a special case, Mike Brown wasn't going to move him for anything other than a great deal for the Bengals. The Raiders were in playoff contention after about a decade of utter futility, and Palmer was a former all-pro QB that Jackson had worked with during his pro bowl years. It will likely end up as a 1st and 2nd, and everyone knows it was too much.

The market for Flynn likely won't be that high. The Kevin Kolb deal was a big overpay, but that's about what you can expect for Flynn. Also I'd imagine Flynn would be thrilled to sign his guaranteed $14M franchise tender.


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