Packers had to keep Finley

GREEN BAY -- The Packers came to terms on a two year, $15 million contract with tight end Jermichael Finley on Wednesday. In the end, they really didn't have any other choice, at least one that made sense.

Yes, they could have slapped a franchise tag on him, and secured his services for another year, or, they could have let him go in free agency. The catch is that the gifted big man who drops too many passes has all-world talent. Plus, he's a four-year veteran who will only be 25 when the 2012 season starts.

Finley is also a man who, for all his outspoken ways, is a hard worker and a good teammate.

This move was a wise one for the Pack. It also allows GM Ted Thompson to save that franchise tag for Scott Wells, the invaluable center, or Matt Flynn -- provided the team can work out a deal with another team, rather than just see him walk in free agency.