Jermichael Finley staying with Packers for 2013 season
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will stay around for at least one more season. The Packers met a 3 p.m. deadline Monday for paying a $3 million roster bonus that Finley was due to get.
The Packers reportedly made no moves toward cutting Finley's salary of $8.25 million for the final year of his current two-year deal.
The five-year pro fell out of favor early last season after dropping a large number of passes. But he had a strong finish and set a Packers record for catches by a tight-end with 61.
Finley, who turned 26 on Tuesday, said earlier that his prospects of staying with the team were probably 50-50. After they lost backup tight-end Tom Crabtree to Tampa and receiver Greg Jennings to Minnesota, Finley became more of a keeper in Green Bay - at least for 2013.
Packers signed an undrafted kicker to a three-year deal on Tuesday.
Giorgio Tavecchio, 22, earned his contract during workouts with special-teams coaches Shawn Slocum and Chad Morton. He will compete with Mason Crosby for the starting job.
Tavecchio is a former University of California kicker who went undrafted last year. He signed with the 49ers, but was up against All-Pro and Pro Bowl kicker David Akers. The 49ers cut him at the end of training camp.
He played his college ball at California when Packers receiver Jeremy Ross was there. Ross tweeted early in the week that Tavecchio was on his way to Green Bay.
Tavecchio is from Milan, Italy. He made 75 percent of his field goal attempts at California.
Earlier, the Packers reportedly auditioned Eddy Carmona and Michael Barnard, apparently to give Crosby some training camp competition for the first time in five years.
Crosby was last in the NFL in field goal percentage in 2012, making almost 64 percent of his attempts.
Cobb, Bush and Green on Tailgate Tour
The Packers' eighth annual Tailgate Tour will make a stop in neighboring Iowa for the first time. It's set for May 16th in Dubuque, which borders both Wisconsin and Illinois and has divided loyalties between the Packers and the Chicago Bears.
The Tailgate Tour is set for May 14-18, with four other stops planned in Oshkosh, Beloit, Tomah and Wisconsin Rapids.
Packer players Randall Cobb, Jarrett Bush and Alex Green will be on this year's tour - along with team president Mark Murphy and 1990s Super Bowl players Aaron Taylor, Frank Winters and Santana Dotson.
Each stop will feature a tailgate party, along with question-and-answer sessions and autograph signings. Proceeds benefit local charities. More information is available at www.packers.com.