Jermichael Finley and Packers in a win-win situation

Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jermichael Finley and Packers in a win-win situation

By Raymond T. Rivard, Packers contributor. CREATED Sep 17, 2013

We should have believed Aaron Rodgers when he continuously gushed about the impressive training camp that Jermichael Finley was having this past summer.

Nearly every day Rodgers would find a way to sneak in a mention, if not an outright shout-out, to his off-again, on-again friend these past few years.

How those two get along off the field really isn’t our business, but from we’ve seen on the field through two games it looks like they’re the newest BFFs on the team.

While Rodgers has been lights out for the Packers through these first two games, a part of his success is because of number eighty-eight.

Clearly, one can tell Finley is in a contract year. He’s playing for that future contract - and that’s a good thing not only for him, but the Packers.

Though he may play so well that he plays himself right out of Green Bay, at least the Packers are the immediate beneficiary of his production in 2013. 

Many see this as a two-edged sword - if Finley plays at a Pro Bowl level, he will demand that much more in his next contract and because the Packers will have some difficult contract decisions among a plethora of free agents next year, they won’t be able to afford Finley.

In addition to Finley, consider these free-agents-to-be: B.J. Raji, John Kuhn, James Jones, Sam Shields, Andrew Quarless, and Mike Neal - to name just a few. 

The toughest part will be that the Packers are sure to have to say goodbye to several of those on the list. 

It’s a part of the business side of football. Finley may be one who is set free.

If that’s the case, now is the time to benefit from the talents of this huge talent. The Packers, and Aaron Rodgers, are sure to make this happen. 

In the end, it will be a win-win.

Raymond T. Rivard is editor of, a Packers site within the family of fan sites.  He's also the editor of The Lakeland Times, based out of Minocqua.