While ProFootballFocus.com has him for nine dropped passes on the season, Finley has only two drops in the past seven games. And in last Sunday’s 55-7 blowout of the Tennessee Titans, Finley had five catches for a season-high 70 yards, including catches on three consecutive plays on the final drive of the first half.
“It’s an awesome feeling to get back comfortable,” Finley said. “I done fair. There’s room to improve. Hopefully we can start peaking next week. The sky’s the limit for this team and this offense right now.
“I’m just blocking everything out, sticking to what I know and just playing football.”
Whether it’s enough to convince general manager Ted Thompson to bring Finley back in 2013 remains to be seen. The two-year, $14 million deal Finley signed in February calls for him to receive a $3 million roster bonus on the 15th day of the new league year in March, and his base salary for 2013 is $4.45 million.
Finley said he wasn’t blindsided by the Dec. 15 Journal Sentinel story about the Packers intentions to trade or release him after the season – Finley said the writer, Bob McGinn, told him what he was writing before it ran – but that he hopes it won’t turn out to be true. If it does, he said he wants to go out playing well and with a chance to earn the Super Bowl ring he didn’t feel he helped get during the 2010 title run.
“I’m not concerned. I’m playing great football right now, at the end of the season,” Finley said. “I want to be a Packer for life. If Ted makes the decision that he doesn’t want me here, I would be distraught and disappointed just because I love the way things are going around here. I’d be more disappointed than the average person who leaves here. But I’m not worried about it right now. I’m trying to get that ring.
“The thing about me lately, I’m trying to keep quiet and just tie my shoes up, touch the grass and show what I can do. I’m trying to let my play talk now.
“You have to realize, with me, I was raised up off of this football game, brought up to go play this sport once I got old enough. This is what I do. This is what I breathe. This is what I do. And it kills me when people stab me in the back, hit me in the head, knock me down. Because I’m always going to give it my all. You have to know that.”
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