“Hey, it’s the NFL,” Finley said. “With business right now, I don’t even know what’s going on. … You just have to play that (waiting) game. It’s the Green Bay way I don’t know anything. I’ll just hope for the best.”
Finley finished the 2011 season with 55 catches for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.
If Finley goes into the offseason without a new contract, it is expected that the Packers will slap the franchise tag on their star tight end. When the franchise tag does get placed on Finley, don’t be surprised when his agents make the case for Finley being a receiver and not a tight end. The franchise number for tight ends stands at around $5.5 million, while the number for receivers is significantly larger at $9.5 million.
There is still time for a new contract to be hammered out, but it isn’t looking like the two sides will rush anything. Regardless of how this plays out. I don’t think either side will have hard feelings and Finley will remain a member of the Packers.