The agent for Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley talked to the New York Post in an article published on Thursday, in which he had to say the following:
“Right now he is a Packer and I know he would love to play his entire career there,’’ Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, said in an email to The Post. “For the next five weeks or so they have his exclusive negotiation rights. If it doesn’t work out in Green Bay for whatever reason then I believe there are a number of teams that could use a talent like Jermichael.’’
Predictably, Finley's agent is trying to boost his client's stock as much as possible, but his injury will play a big part in how much teams value the tight end.
Last week, Finley said it was 99.9 percent that his doctor clears him for football, but just as we've seen with Nick Collins, it doesn't much matter what one personal doctor thinks or says. All that matters is if the doctor of any team willing to sign Finley clears him.
The Packers have taken their sweet time on players that suffer serious neck injuries, such as Collins, Sean Richardson and Terrance Murphy. It seems unlikely they'll be willing to draw a conclusion on Finley by the time free agency starts in early March.
Forced to guess, the Packers will probably be willing to allow Finley to test the open market, and if he's still around by the time of the draft, they'll take the time to closely evaluate his medical condition and come to a conclusion on how they'd like to proceed. In the article, a connection was drawn between Finley and his former position coach in Green Bay, Ben McAdoo, who's now the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants.