(NEW YORK) — The Green Bay Packers are banking on tight end Jermichael Finley as the team has decided to keep him around.
According to ESPN, the Packers have agreed to pay Finley his $3 million bonus on Monday, so they will pay him his full $8.25 million salary in 2013.
“Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers. Best place on earth. Thank u 2 my agents & family,” Finley tweeted.
At only 26, the Packers are assuming that Finley’s best days are ahead of him. In 2012, he had 61 catches for 667 yards and two touchdowns. While his numbers are far from below average, many expected Finley to fully harness his athleticism by now.
He also was critical of quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the season. He questioned Rodgers’ leadership, but the two have reportedly settled their differences.
The Packers may rely on Finley more on offense in 2013 after wide receiver Greg Jennings signed with Minnesota during the offseason and Donald Driver retired.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN