Former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is one of the best remaining free agents available as we head into training camp season, and he’s received looks from big teams like the Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and New England Patriots at points during the offseason. It looked like the athletic TE was set to sign with the Seahawks in the spring, but a failed physical doomed the deal and kept Zach Miller around as the starter.
Finley told the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero that he will undergo some more tests tomorrow before sending the results to every team, as he is being proactive in his approach to snagging a deal before the start of camp. Even though he hasn’t sent the results yet, Finley stated that the Pittsburgh Steelers have made some overtures for his services, “Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain’t what it’s supposed to be. If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that’s a difficult thing that I’m going through with myself …”
The Steelers offense would be one of the best in the league next year with Finley, provided he recovers well enough, forming a TE duo with Heath Miller to help out Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Lance Moore, and speedy youngsters Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant in the passing game. Then, of course, you have the dynamic duo of Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, with Dri Archer sprinkling in some touches with possible Darren Sproles upside.
For now, the Packers still make the most sense as a landing spot for Finley, because the interest has always appeared to be mutual throughout the offseason. Finley has a $10 million insurance policy on the table, but it doesn’t sound at all like he’s going to call it quits, even if the Steelers didn’t offer him enough money. I do wonder how much the Packers want to sign Finley, though, because rookie Richard Rodgers looked great in offseason workouts. Then again, it’s only offseason workouts.