Packers re-sign tight end Finley

Jermichael Finley is remaining with the Packers, signing a new

contract with Green Bay.

The big-play tight end was set to become a free agent before

re-signing with the team on Thursday. Packers general manager Ted

Thompson, who drafted Finley in the third round in 2008, announced

the move.

In 2011, Finley matched his career high with 55 receptions and

had career bests in yards receiving (767) and touchdown catches

(8). The reception and yardage totals rank second in franchise

history by a tight end, and Finley ranked third in the NFL for

tight ends with a 13.9-yard average in 2011 (minimum 40

receptions).

On Wednesday, Finley posted a message on his Twitter that he

agreed to return to the team he helped to the NFL’s best record

last season, 15-1. Finley wrote, ”I could not be happier to have

the privilege of being a Packer for the next 2 yrs. Glad to be back

with my team & coaches for 1 common goal.”

The Packers were expected to consider using the franchise tag on

Finley, who at 6-foot-5, 247-pounds runs and cuts like a wide

receiver, but also has problems with dropping passes.

Finley has played in 48 games with 29 starts during his four

seasons in Green Bay, missing much of 2010 with a knee injury. He

has caught 137 passes for 1,818 yards and 15 touchdowns during his

career.