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Jermichael Finley wants to be a Packer 'forever'

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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The Green Bay Packers' locker-room cleanout Sunday, after Saturday's 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, read like a goodbye of sorts for wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, as neither anticipates being back with the team for the 2013 season.

The case of enigmatic tight end Jermichael Finley is a different matter.

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The fifth-year pro signed a two-year, $14 million extension last offseason, with a $3.5 million roster bonus due in March.

The Packers must decide if they want to continue their relationship with the frustrating 25-year-old, who has the skills that make scouts drool but has been wildly inconsistent in his career. Finley said he hope to remain in Green Bay.

"Hopefully, I'm here forever. I'm good for next year as far as I know," he said Sunday, via the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Wherever he ends up, Finley doesn't believe he's reached his potential.


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"I don't think I even scratched it," Finley said. "I've poured it all out, but I don't think consistently for 16 games. You've got to have opportunities, too. I'm not saying they're not coming to me or whatnot, but if I had a chance to show my skills, I think I'd be a little bit better."

The above quote might be the best summary the Packers could use for moving on. Finely has been frustratingly inconsistent and he could be viewed as a boat-rocker the team could do without.

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