Speaking to the media for the final time of the season on Sunday, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley addressed questions about his future in Green Bay. “We just finished losing, man, and hopefully nobody thought that far,” Finley is quoted as saying by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Hopefully, I’m here forever. I’m good for next year as far as I know.” Finley is due a $3.5 roster bonus in March and another $4.45 as part of his salary next season. There are both pros and cons to keeping Finley around for another season. The feeling from this corner of the universe is that he's not worth the money and the headaches. The Packers need to strongly consider adding another receiving threat early in the Draft process come April.
More on Jermichael Finley comes from JSOnline.
Injured running back Cedric Benson is another player whose future in Green Bay is up in the air, but he's expressing his desire to come back for another go-around. “Oh yes, absolutely,” Benson is quoted as saying by Sarah Barshop of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I don't have a preference to be anywhere else. This is what I know and I'm excited about winning Super Bowls, too, and everybody around here is as well." Benson was only signed to a one-year contract in 2012, so the Packers would have to sign him once again. He brings little risk from a monetary standpoint, but the Packers might have a desire to go a younger route with their running backs.
There are several difficult decisions that must be made on the defense during the offseason, and it starts with the defensive coordinator. "As the week goes on, (Mike) McCarthy is going to have to decide whether (Dom) Capers has lost his touch and no longer has the ability to keep up with the NFL's increasingly diverse offensive attacks or is a victim of (Ted) Thompson's draft-only philosophy and neglect in acquiring the bruising linebackers and safeties it takes to compete with the physical offenses of NFC contenders San Francisco and the New York Giants," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Although the decisions start with Dom Capers, they don't end with him. The Packers must also figure out what to do with defensive back Charles Woodson and linebacker A.J. Hawk. Are they worth bringing back for 2013 with such big price tags?
The Packers have not only one high-profile wide receiver that might be moving on during the offseason, they have two: Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. "Greg Jennings stood quietly at his locker, painstakingly peeling away the tape from the photos of his family – daughters Amya, Alea, and Ayva, son Aice and wife Nicole – that covered the sides of his locker," writes Sarah Barshop of ESPNMilwaukee.com who set the scene on Sunday at Lambeau Field. "The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent carefully moved everything from his locker into a black garbage bag, unsure of whether he would be back in this room again." It appears to be a foregone conclusion that Driver's days as a Packer have come to a close, barring perhaps an unseen rash of injuries. As for Jennings, he's a free agent at season's end. If the Packers want to keep Jennings, they'll have to pony up to retain him. Will they have enough money?
Linebacker Desmond Bishop was one of the few Packers players on defense to face the media on Sunday. Reportedly, none of the Packers starters on defense showed up. More from Desmond Bishop comes from the Journal Sentinel, JSOnline and ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The frustrations of the Packers offense are touched upon at JSOnline.
Wide receiver and kick returner Jeremy Ross told the Press-Gazette he hopes to return in 2013.
It's official. The Packers have the 26th pick in the NFL Draft.
Video: Donald Driver talks about his future with the Packers courtesy of Fox 11 in Green Bay...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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