When Jermichael Finley was stolen in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, many of us Packers fans felt he was bound for immediate Green and Gold greatness, so why would Green Bay need to dump Jermichael Finley?
In essence, the Packers and their faithful have already received all they ever wanted—and more—from the Texas product.
For example, Jermichael Finley is fast approaching the great Mark Chmura who finished his career with Green Bay totalling 2,253 yards and 17 TDs—Finley currently has 2,206 yards and 17 TDs.
But I believe that Finley has perhaps seen his best days pass—at least as a Packer—which leads me to suggest the Packers do in fact have to consider parting ways.
Now this is not to suggest they flat out get rid of the boy, rather, dangle the carrot in an effort to drum up a possible trade.
Can Finley be trusted as a blocking TE? No. Has Finley’s role in the current offense seemingly taken a backwards turn? Certainly. Do the Packers have a more pressing need than retaining Finley after this season? Absolutely!
That need—for starters— is obviously at RB, and with their current record, don’t expect any sort of great positioning in the upcoming draft to solve for X.
The Packers will have a ton of contract issues to deal with in the off-season to—too many to name right now—but they can certainly entertain a possible trade for a quality RB, or even a player trade that could give them a better draft position.
And they could even do themselves some cap favors if the right deal presents itself.
Do I think Jermichael Finley has anything left in the tank? Well, I believe he could wind up being a better contributor elsewhere in the NFL.
Do I think Jermichael Finely has more trade bait value than long-term investment value? Yes, I do.
Regardless of how this season ends, the bottom line appears that the Packers may need to dump Jermichael Finely in hopes for a better return; one that fills a greater need, and provides a better long term solution.
But that’s just my two cents.