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As the regular season comes to a close, the NFL's deadline for teams extending players' contracts...

As the regular season comes to a close, the NFL's deadline for teams extending players' contracts -- and having part of the money count towards this season's salary cap -- is fast approaching. If the extension is not reached by Dec. 31, they'll be unable to use this loophole. When it comes to the Green Bay Packers, there are several players that this affects, primary amongst them pass-catcher Jermichael Finley. As Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports, the two sides have reached a stand-still. Finley's next deal will be a lucrative one. Despite an occasional propensity for dropped passes, he's one of the most dynamic and unique playmakers in the passing game, which has led to some debate between his representation and Packers management over how he should be compensated: the team designates him as a tight end, but on the field, his play more closely resembles that of a wide receiver. As we've heard, this may lead to a fight over Finley's possible franchise tag, as there is a significant difference between the one-year tender associated with the two different positions. However, in the end, they may elect to tag him and then agree to a bigger deal thereafter.

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