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Report: Finley has argument for WR tag

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Packers have until March 5 to make a decision on whether or not to use the their franchise tag. Tight end Jermichael Finley has seemed to be the most likely candidate if a long-term deal cannot be reached. The franchise number for tight ends in 2012 will be $5.4 million, according to NFL.com. One thought is that Finley's camp could argue, if tagged, he should be considered a receiver. The tag number for a receiver will be $9.4 million. Pro Football Focus writes that Finley would have a legitimate case. The website defines a tight end as “an end that lines up close to a tackle” and a wide receiver as “a receiver who usually lines up split out from the offensive formation.” It also notes that tight ends are often in a three-point stance due to blocking responsibilities and receivers are in a two-point stance. This was their analysis of Finley's snaps all season: Finley lined up away from the tackle on 51 percent of snaps. Finley was in a two-point stance on 60 percent of snaps. Finley stayed in to block on 7 percent of pass plays. By those evaluations, Finley has a strong case to be franchised as a receiver. The Packers, obviously, would want him considered a tight end.    

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