Jermichael Finley's value inflated

Green Bay's tight end is overrated, but Packers didn't overpay for him

Updated: February 22, 2012, 11:57 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Now that the Green Bay Packers have reached a two-year, $15 million contract with potential unrestricted free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, one might expect Packers fans to be feeling something of a sense of euphoria. After all, it isn't every day that a team can secure the services of an elite player.

That mindset would be understandable except for one minor detail, which is saying Finley is one of the best tight ends in the league really is not an accurate assessment. In fact, if one reviews Finley's numbers with an objective eye, it becomes clear that he might not even be one of the top 10 tight ends in the NFL.

To illustrate this, let's start by looking at Finley's route depth metrics from this past season: