GREEN BAY — Packers coach Mike McCarthy spent a good deal of time during his season-ending press conference talking about tight end Jermichael Finley.
It could be a good indication the Packers have every intention of bringing Finley back next season.
Finley, who completed his fourth season, will become an unrestricted free agent. The Packers have three choices: they can let him go in free agency; they can sign him to a long-term contract; or they can put a franchise tag on him and ensure he stays in Green Bay for at least one more year at a higher salary.
McCarthy said in his exit interview with Finley that the tight end didn't feel great about the way the season went.
McCarthy said Finley brings a lot of criticism on himself because of his personality, but he also has a strong work ethic and has a desire to be great.
McCarthy said Finley could use an offseason program to work on his game and will continue to grow as a player.
McCarthy also said Finley and quarterback Aaron Rodgers need to develop their relationship as a thrower and pass-catcher.
McCarthy said there were too many drops this season and there are fundamentals and technique Finley can work on. But he added that Finley made big plays and is capable of becoming a Pro Bowl player.