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Jermichael Finley expected to return with Packers

The situation surrounding Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley lacked clarity in the first few days of free agency. Finley was "in limbo" as the team tried to bring back wide receiver Greg Jennings.

Had Jennings returned, it was possible that the Packers could ask Finley to take a pay cut to stay. One source told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Finley's camp was told last week the Packers were planning on keeping him for now and weren't thinking too far ahead.

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With Jennings landing on the Minnesota Vikings, the plan seems clear. Finley will be a Packer.

"Jermichael is still young," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Sunday, via Tom Silverstein. "I think Jermichael has grown up a lot. I think he has a lot of growing up to do. You step back, it's rewarding to see what he's accomplished, but also it's because he has so much in front of him. On the field and off the field."

McCarthy talked about reducing the volume of plays to help out Finley and the rest of the Packers' offense. McCarthy is hoping less is more with the offense; it appears that Finley won't have to take less than his scheduled $8.25 million in 2013.

The Packers owe Finley a $3 million roster bonus on March 27. Expect Finley to get the bonus and play out his contract year on the Packers.

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