The Green Bay Packers are NFC North division champions once again after taking down the arch rival Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Even though the matchup was close for the Packers, Green Bay was able to hold off Chicago and are playoff bound as a result.
One of the key contributors for the Packers on Sunday was tight end Jermichael Finley. Despite a disappointing season thus far for Finley in comparison to last season’s numbers, the Texas product was one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets in the win over the Bears with the two connecting on five passes for 61 yards.
After the division-clinching win over Chicago, Finley let it be known that he’d like to stay in Green Bay for the rest of his career despite reports of the team ready to parts ways with the tight end via ESPN.com:
“I didn’t check it out,” Finley said when asked about the report. “It’s a business, and I would love to be here my whole career. I’m comfortable here, and I want to be a Packer for life. That’s all I can say about that.”
Last season, Finley burst onto the scene for the Packers with impressive numbers that put in the conversation as one of the best players at his position in the NFL. Finley caught 55 passes for 767 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
It seemed as thought Finely had made a name for himself in Green Bay and wasn’t going anywhere after striking up some chemistry with Rodgers. Unfortunately, the 2012 campaign hasn’t been as promising for Finley with the up-and-coming tight end failing to make much of an impact with the Packers regardless of the injuries to some of the team’s best options in the passing game.
With Greg Jennings missing considerable time this season, the Packers were thought to get Finley more involved to help fill the void, but it hasn’t turned out that way despite only being seven catches short of last year’s total.