Finley's contract talks with Packers impact Redskins QB hunt

Finley's contract talks with Packers impact Redskins QB hunt
January 20, 2012, 4:06 pm
Share This Post

By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comAnother day, additional reminders why Redskins nation should be keeping close tabs on the contract negotiations between the Packers and tight end Jermichael Finley. And no, this has little to nothing to do with Fred Davis and Chris Cooley. An important cog in the Packers aerial attack, Finley becomes an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks. That is, unless the two sides come together on a long-term deal or...the Packers chose to slap the franchise tag on one of Aaron Rodgers top targets and not onRodgers backup,Matt Flynn.According to Finley's agent,the Packers are indeed seeking to lock up their 24-year-old tight end.Weve been speaking and theyve made it clear they would like him to be back there and Jermichaels made it clear he would like to be back there, Blake Baratz told the Green Bay Press Gazette. Now that the seasons over theres a little more time to time to focus on the particulars.Should those long-term talks leads nowhere, the Packers are reportedly prepared to keep Finley via the franchise tag. This from ESPNMilwaukee.com:Because 2011 marked the first time Finley has played in all 16 regular-season games, McCarthy believes that chemistry will come with more reps. Perhaps thats why McCarthy spoke of Finley as if hes going to be back with the team next year, despite his unrestricted free agent status. If the Packers cant get a long-term deal done, they figure to use the 5.4 million tight end franchise tag on Finley to keep him.Now, back to Flynn.If the Packers work it out with Finley, then they likely franchise the intriguing, but unproven 26-year-old who isarguably the top free agent quarterback in this year's weak class. Should he reach the open market, that is. Flynn'shype - and certainly his future contract demands -grew dramatically following his six touchdowns, 480-yard performance in the Packers season finale. Should the Packers choose to franchise the former LSU passer - with the purposes of shipping him elsewhere - it would run the teamin the neighborhood of 14 million. Rich Tandler touched on thepros and cons for potential Flynn suitors based on whether the Packers use the franchise tag or not. If you are worried about the Redskins cap situation, hope for the franchise tag as an all-out contract bidding war is perhaps less likely in this scenario. If you want the quarterback, but do not want to part with draft picks in the process, then you are pulling for a snag in those Finley talks.