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Report: Jermichael Finley at Least Two Months Away from Signing

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Report: Jermichael Finley at Least Two Months Away from Signing

From Bob McGinn of the Miwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tight end Jermichael Finley is at least two months away and maybe several months more from being in position to sign with a team, a source familiar with the situation said this week.

Finley, one of the 10 unsigned players on the Packers' unrestricted list, visited Seattle on March 12. John Schneider, who was scouting for the Packers when they drafted Finley in 2008, is the Seahawks' general manager.

The Seahawks thanked Finley for coming and informed him in so many words to stay in touch after the passage of time would presumably mean additional healing for his bruised spinal cord, according to sources.

Obviously few teams are willing to green light Finley after such little time has passed from his spinal-fusion surgery. They also don't appear willing to sign Finley to a lucrative deal with his health being such an uncertainty.

The longer Finley is on the market, the more salary-cap space is going to be used up everywhere across the league, including money being given to the incoming class of rookies. It's not looking as if Finley is going to make anywhere near the $7 million he earned per season last time around.

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4thand1's picture

Finley said 99.9% cleared to play. C'MON MAN! Did he think he was going to get a pile of cash handed to him with this statement? Take the 10 mil and ride off into the sunset.

Allan Murphy's picture

finley take the 10 million don't risk your life it happens every day .

Imma Fubared's picture

If they or someone does take him it will be on the cheap and they will have a huge insurance policy on him for their own protection.
I have that little voice saying he will not be cleared and it will be a Collins situation. If that is so I wish the guy the best.
Manning can stand behind a wall of guys and see someone coming and duck. Findley leads with the head in his role. Not a good thing.
Not to mention if Seattle is waiting apparently so is all the other 31 teams. No law says they can't talk to him and I've only seen Seattle showing interest.

Birney the baker's picture

Such a shame for Finley. He was just getting it all back again. For the first time in his career the guy was breaking effing tackles left and right and racking up yards after the catch. He was a man possessed then it all came crashing down on him with one hit.

He has a passion for the game the same as Lacy but Lacy is quiet about it off the field where Finley was constantly yapping like Stroh. The guy had a comment for everything and that ticked off a lot of people including his coach and especially a lot of the fans. I somehow hope if he does play again it's with the Packers but honestly he probably should retire and take the 10 million insurance policy.

Stroh's picture

Looks like I have yet another personal troll. You know you would look a lot better if you just kept your mouth shut about me! You don't see me commenting or saying anything about you. Why is it your so obsessed w/ me? Seems VERY strange... That along w/ your very homophobic stance makes you look like a complete moron. But hey if you don't mind that, have at it.

Finley, just like I, have the god given right to say whatever we please. Get used to it, get over it, whatever... But all your doing is making yourself look like a ignorant butthole!

Birney the baker's picture

Wow, all this over a spelling mistake I made. I meant to say yapping like T.O. sir not Stroh. Maybe because it rhymes is how I made the mistake but clearly you are way overboard and overly sensitive about this. I was just about going to make another post to say I meant T.O. not "Stroh" when I see you already had to start yapping like Finley and actually in the end make my mistake in spelling turn out to not to be a mistake after all. Thank you for saving me some time on this T.O.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Don't know if this is the right place for this,but...

I was going through old video on Finley and I noticed he isn't too good in route running. That leads to a lot of jumped routes which leads to him crying for a ton of PI calls. This doesn't mean he isn't talented. It's just something I never really picked up on and I don't think I've heard/read anything about it on him.

Evan's picture

I'm definitely in the "he's done" camp now.

Evan's picture

‏@SportsCenter Seahawks failed TE Jermichael Finley on his physical during recent visit to team, according to a NFL source.

Stroh's picture

Finley had surgery how long ago? 6 mon or so... Manning took a year and almost the same for Richardson. It might just mean he didn't pass the physical now, but might be able to pass in a few months. Wouldn't read too much into it, at least not yet.

Evan's picture

"It might just mean he didn't pass the physical now, but might be able to pass in a few months."

Oh, of course. I was just passing the info along.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

I was one of Finleys biggest critics, as most here know. I wanted to trade Hawk & Finley 2 years ago. I changed my mind on Finley last year. He showed me some improvement, & he is still young. I believe he would add a force to our offense, if he is cleared & 100%. I would like to see him back if 100%, & would be willing to give him a year or maybe 2. I don't however, see Finley signing with GB on the Cheap. If he's 100%, I think he would want a decent contract, something I don't think GB is willing to pay. If Healthy, I believe he is still worth looking at. JMO

Birney the baker's picture

Unless a team is totally desperate, I don't see any team giving this guy a huge contract due to his injury risk. I do think this puts Green Bay in the driver's seat for him to return if Green Bay elects to show interest in resigning him. If the money was about the same between Seattle and Green Bay, I have no doubt he would go back to Green Bay.

As much as people give Finley shit, I really believe he would take a little less to sign back with Green Bay. I think he loves Green Bay and his legacy as a Packer is very important to him. He wants to be remembered as a great Packer player. He has the passion you can see that. He worked his tail off after the knee injury to get back and he's working even harder just to suit up again one more time. Green Bay would be getting one hell of a football player should they go after him again. I hope they do to be honest.... if he's cleared of course.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

I'd like to give Finley 1 more chance. He was getting
8 Mill a year. I don't see GB giving a fraction of that. If he's able to play, I think he would probably get more than GB would be willing to pay. If at all, I'd see GB offering some type of Minimum contract with incentives. Unless he has no other offers, I don't see him accepting that. I'd like to see him back, to see if I was right on his improvement. He never proved to me, that he could catch a ball in traffic, but he looked better last year, until he got hurt. If he ever lives up to expectations, he'd be a hell of a tight end.

4thand1's picture

Hey Tom, long time no see. Sorry about James Jones , nobody likes this side of the business. Finley needs a solid year off. If he takes the insurance pay, he's done for good. No way he can make that up with a new contract from anyone.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Hi 4thand1, Yeah I was hoping against hope he was going to be back. Without question, one of my all time favorite Packers. I sure hope they make room for him in the Packer Hall Of Fame. He is a Class Act. I hope he does Great at Oakland. I heard him talk, & he said he would be watching how all the guy's at GB were doing. He sounded happy to be home, & he got a Good Contract. Good for JJ. I actually hope Oakland can find a Good QB.

Imma Fubared's picture

Findley can't pass the physical right now. A good source who knows a lot of taking care of patients will neuro surgical procedures says the C3-C4 effects the hands a great deal. Numbness, feel, etc.
I would not be totally shocked he is not cleared and if he is caveat "buyer beware".
I wish the guy the best no matter what.

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