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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) catches a pass to score a touchdown during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley has interest from five teams


Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season, but he’s expected to resume his career. The question is how effective Finley will be coming back from his injury, but he is just 27 and was one of the league’s biggest mis-match makers at the tight end position prior to his injury. Therefore, it’s not surprising to hear the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin report that the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers are all interested in the uber-athletic Packers tight end.

While Finley could still stick around with the Packers, it’s interesting to see that there’s a significant list of suitors. It isn’t surprising, but it isn’t indicative at all of how much money Finley will get. He’s looking at a cheap, one-year deal to prove himself after an injury of that magnitude, and the 2015 offseason would give him his big payday if he is successful in 2014.

The Jets, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Giants could all use another tight end, and it would be interesting to see Finley on the Steelers with the solid Heath Miller in front of him (I highly doubt the Steelers go for him, though). Out of all of those teams, I think the Jets are the most likely landing spot for him, but I could see the Chiefs or Giants taking a flier on his talent.


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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Interesting to hear the Chiefs are interested in Finley.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      It definitely is interesting, especially since Travis Kelce seems like someone the team is high on, and they’e dealt with more than their fair share of injuries at the position. Finley makes some sense, but I don’t view the Chiefs as a top landing spot.

      As always, caveat with these reports is that an agent could easily exaggerate or even lie about interest from clubs.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        It’s also hard to gauge what “interest” really means. The Chiefs could simply have called to get his contract expectations. Or they might seriously have him in their sights. Dorsey had a hand in drafting the kid. Stands to reason that he might want to have him in Kansas City for the right price.

        Kelce, which supremely athletic and talented, is still an unknown commodity in the NFL. If you see a chance to upgrade the position, you look into it at the very least.
        I’d prefer we drafted one (as we have bigger fish to fry), but I won’t cry in my beer if they sign Finley to a reasonable deal.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          Great point regarding the word “interest”, and that’s something I also like to preach.

          Kelce is an unknown for sure, but I think the Chiefs are really high on him. He’s athletic, talented, and versatile and he has all the traits you look for in a “move” TE. But getting a duo like Finley and Kelce could be awesome if they both pan out, and adding both of them would also help counteract the fact that both guys are technically “unknowns with promise” at this stage.

          The Chiefs do have bigger fish to fry (WR, FS, and worrying about their impending free agent Gs) this offseason, but I would actually rather sign Finley to a cheap, prove-it deal than draft a TE.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I actually don’t think they need an upgrade at the position at all.
            I think a healthy Fasano will give you the production you need from a #1 tight end.
            McGrath has proven to be a serviceable guy as well so on the chance that Kelce never pans out, you still have a pretty solid position group.

            Hard to argue with more offensive weapons for Alex Smith, but how healthy is Finley?

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            I agree with you that the Chiefs don’t need an upgrade, and I’ve long been a fan of Fasano as a very good, underrated TE2 who is a beastly blocker. But at the same time, Finley is worth kicking the tires on, because he’s so talented and would give the Chiefs a big weapon if he is health. Sizeable “if”, but any contract with him would severely cut down on the risks involved with him not being health in 2014. I think we both agree on what the Chiefs should do with Finley, but I’m not sure the Chiefs would be fine at TE if Kelce doesn’t pan out. To me, that all depends on the kinds of upgrades the team makes at WR, which should be sweeping ones.

          • Chuck Burrell

            I completely agree. I wouldn’t even mind a 2 or 3 year deal for him, especially with a low amount of guaranteed money in the latter year

  • Bob

    How about the Raiders?

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I could see the Raiders being in the mix as well.

  • Al Dante

    I hope he lasts. I remember eons ago a tight end for the lions (can’t recall name) but he was findley like till he got his bell rung good. When he came back he heard those footsteps and for every catch he had ten drops. It was hillarious actually. Never was the same.

  • Paul Newbold

    Recovering from the injury, his price tag shouldn’t go too high. If healthy, he could be the steal of free agency! Expect the Jets to be in this one! Idzik loves a bargain!!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      If Finley’s price is right, I’d also love to see the Jets swoop in and get him. Idzik is a cap guy, so that’s always on the forefront of his mind.

  • Jake Campshure

    Sure sounds like it would make sense for him to stay in GB if this is going to be an audition type year.

    • RyansDad

      Sure would be his logical move to stay with the pack & Arod.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      No doubt, it always makes sense to catch passes from the best QB in the game and with an organization you are familiar with in a time of uncertainty.

  • RyansDad

    I think I’ll go down to one of the local casinos and place a bet that he remains with the Packers for 2014. The pack will probably draft a tight end to develop. If Finley has a great 2014 ( and where would that opportunity better lie than on the receiving end of Arod’s bullets?) he’ll get the big payday in 2015. If the price is too high – or if he flops in ’14, Ted will let him walk.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Good call, agree on the logic.

  • berttheclock

    So, which Finley will show up? The one with talent and can add to a team’s offense or the one who pouts and calls out his QB for his own mistakes?

    If he comes to the Chiefs, could he bring the center Evans Dietrich-Smith with him?

    However, I still remember Green Bay carrying four other TEs on their roster in the year Finley was going to become a FA.

  • berttheclock

    If Finley could bring his early 2013 production with him, yes. I like the fact he caught 25 out of 34 targets, whereas, Quarless caught 32 out of 54 targets. Finley’s yards per average was 12, but, he gained 236 yards after the catch with one of them being for 50.