Packers, Finley making no progress on new contract | ProFootballTalk. Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley did a whole bunch of interviews at the media center in Indianapolis on Friday, and "indicated that he and the Packers have had no discussions regarding a new contract."
I'm surprised that the Packers haven't been negotiating all along. Maybe they talked with his agent and have an idea of what he wants. Maybe they don't want to negotiate against themselves at this point because they know they'll use the franchise tag on him. He might believe he's a wide receiver because he did line up wide on occasion, but more often he was lined up next to a tackle as a tight end. Maybe the Packers intend to keep him and it's just the way they do things. As Finley called it, "the Green Bay way."
That said, if he hasn't had any discussions about a new contract, that could be a strong sign they intend to let him go. While the two tight ends drafted last April aren't as good, they could be viewed as his replacement. Now his situation is starting to remind me of Cullen Jenkins. The year before Jenkins left, the Packers drafted the player they thought would replace him (Mike Neal), and then they didn't discuss a new contract with him during the 2010 season. I'm not even aware that they offered him a contract after free agency began.
On the other hand, I thought Randall Cobb was drafted as a replacement for James Jones, but the Packers ended up re-signing him anyway. There are some other differences too. Finley is six years younger and entering his prime, while Jenkins has just turned 31. Also, as an offensive player, Aaron Rodgers might something to say about it and you'd expect his opinion would carry some weight.
In the end, I'm not sure which path the Packers will take.