Green Bay Packers: Jermichael Finley catches challenge from D.J. Williams

There are 14 comments on the TwinCities story from Aug 28, 2012, titled Green Bay Packers: Jermichael Finley catches challenge from D.J. Williams. In it, TwinCities reports that:

But no matter how many good ones McCarthy has, the guy who is No. 1 in the pecking order thinks his coach will need only one when it's all said and done.

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answerman

Appleton, WI

#1 Aug 28, 2012
I said it last year... DJ Williams has what it takes to go down in history as one of the great draft day steals of Thompson's career. He's the reason I'm not worried about Finley leaving as a free agent if it comes to that. A completely different skill set (there aren't many tight ends that compare to Finley's raw talent and physical gifts), granted, but he's going to be a good one. I still think he's in line to be the starter by next year.
TE DJ

United States

#2 Aug 28, 2012
Word...
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#3 Aug 28, 2012
What? No Finley fans coming to his defense? Hmmm. Have people cooled on Finley?
SB Run

United States

#4 Aug 28, 2012
It's all about Rodgers....
eric

Marshfield, WI

#5 Aug 28, 2012
Finley has a terrific gift(s),but, i got to admit,im getting tired of the "Upside" label on him.Its time for him to step it up and produce,stop dropping so many passes and i agree with answerman 100% about Williams and if Finley continues to under perform,then let him go after the 13 season via FA or sign and trade.By that time it will be 6 or 7 years and thats past the label stage and with the 4 huge FA coming up,money may be an issue at some point.Finley and Hawk freeing up 12.5M or so can go a long way toward signing Mathews,Rodgers,Jennings and Raji.
NOW
IF money is an issue,which of the above 4 listed do you let walk?
GBPmies

Finland

#6 Aug 28, 2012
eric wrote:
Finley has a terrific gift(s),but, i got to admit,im getting tired of the "Upside" label on him.Its time for him to step it up and produce,stop dropping so many passes and i agree with answerman 100% about Williams and if Finley continues to under perform,then let him go after the 13 season via FA or sign and trade.By that time it will be 6 or 7 years and thats past the label stage and with the 4 huge FA coming up,money may be an issue at some point.Finley and Hawk freeing up 12.5M or so can go a long way toward signing Mathews,Rodgers,Jennings and Raji.
NOW
IF money is an issue,which of the above 4 listed do you let walk?
I would have to have let Jennings walk if money was an issues. Cannot afford to miss out on defense players like that. Rodgers is a no brainer so I guess it would be the best of a deep WR group.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#7 Aug 28, 2012
I agree,especially with Nelson getting beter every season and Cobb is already a good WR and im confident he will make the next step and with TT proven record of WR drating,he can find another WR who is terrific and can fit in nicely
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#8 Aug 28, 2012
Salary caps are a seperate issue. Answerman didn't discuss salary caps. In fact his statement that DJ Williams will be the starter by next year, merely shifts the salary cap debate to DJ Williams (rather than Finley) and other starters. If he's right, we will still be discussing which STARTER to let go, but Finley won't be a part of that discussion because under answerman's predicted scenario Finley isn't the starter.

Again, I'm shocked that no Finley fans have come to his defense.
GBPmies

Finland

#9 Aug 28, 2012
I am not willing to fully support Finley as the ‘guaranteed starter’ until all of these “gifts and abilities” he has translate into more production than what he has been doing so far. I am still waiting for the breakout season I thought was coming over the last years.

I have honestly not seen much of DJ to give a meaningful opinion, I have read good things. I am also not willing to support DJ as the starter until I see him be productive and consistent during the regular season.
May the best TE win.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#10 Aug 28, 2012
Take this what you will but the year GB won the SB was the year Finley was injured,may or may not mean anything but.....
We also will get Quarrless back after game 6 ( on PUP list) and Crabtree at some point after his shoulder injury and he looks like hes improved as a receiving TE and if he can block as well,He may be considered at the starter as well.
If Williams does take the job from Finley,that means Finley is gone freeing up his 7.5M salary so it does help the cap, until Williams gets paid but hes relatively cheap for the next few years
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#11 Aug 28, 2012
I didn't mean for this to become a salary cap issue. However, it certainly seems like people are starting to join me as I questioned that insanely large contract given to Finley from the get go. Especially since the the franchise tag was placed on him and the Packers didn't have to give him the kind of money that has everybody talking about letting him go.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#12 Aug 28, 2012
It would seem Finley was paid for his potential and or his upside rather then production,so, we just have to hope Finley produces.At least if Finley does have an underachieving season,he can be released,traded or whatever OR GB can let him play out his deal which is only through the 13 season. and with the Packers with a good amount of room in cap space,they are in decent shape for now,at this point.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#13 Aug 28, 2012
You were ab.right about Finley to this point.I for one were hoping and still is hoping for that break out season where he realizes and reaches the potential and plays like the top notch TE the management feels he can play at,but, again, the potential label is getting old and its time for Finley to step it up and produce.IF he finds it,he is one of the more dangerous TE in the league for sure.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#14 Aug 29, 2012
I see the potential in Finley. I like him and I'm glad he's on the team. However, I don't like to see the Packers pay anybody based upon "potential" in part because it does make such players more expendable. Now Finley is essentially forced to live up to the potential or the Packers are almost forced to get rid of him because he becomes a liability against the cap if he doesn't live up to the "potential" reflected in his contract.

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