According to PackersNews.com, it sounds like the Green Bay Packers will be bringing back tight end Jermichael Finley for the 2013 season.
He started 2012 poorly, was plagued by an inordinate number of dropped passes, and by halfway through the season appeared in jeopardy getting released in the offseason because of a contract that is paying him like an elite tight end. But he drastically cut his drops later in the season and in the final seven regular-season caught 32 passes for 391 yards.
Coach Mike McCarthy in his season-ending press conference Tuesday endorsed Finley to a degree that almost certainly means the tight end will be back next season.
“I really felt Jermichael Finley was a different man, a different player from the bye week on,” McCarthy said. “I had an opportunity to talk to him about that at length in his exit interview, so I feel very good about the way he finished the year. He did some good things Saturday night (at San Francisco). There was a change in that young man.”
Finley is scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2013. If he can keep quiet and stop dropping passes, he’l be worth the money.