Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; 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, San Francisco 49ers have been in talks

Former Green Bay Packers star tight end Jermichael Finley has a difficult decision to make, because he can either play and potentially risk his career after suffering a scary neck injury last season, or take the safe route and bow out with a $10 million insurance policy that can’t be taxed. It’s a difficult decision for Finley, and it’s one of personal pride. He’s still talking with teams and trying to see what’s out there, but he stated that talks with the Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t yielded any satisfactory offers.

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots showed interest in adding Finley in the spring, but both of those teams have cooled their interest to seemingly “no interest” at this point. Finley was very close to signing with the Seahawks, but a failed physical ensured that Zach Miller would be safe in Seattle.

Yesterday, Scout.com’s Chris Biderman tweeted that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the San Francisco 49ers and Jermichael Finley have been in talks. It’s unclear how deep these talks are, but the 49ers are most likely just kicking the tires on Finley. They already have Vernon Davis, who is unwisely trying to leverage himself against the team for more money (he has absolutely no leverage or grounds for this, but I guess it’s worth the try), and second-year pro Vance McDonald, as well as plenty of talent at WR after an active offseason. McDonald has major issues with drops, but the 49ers aren’t going to give up on him yet. Beyond that, there doesn’t seem to be much room for Finley in their offense, and, again, they already added enough pass-catching talent this offseason.

That said, it is an interesting idea to kick around, and Finley can definitely help any team if he’s healthy. Nowadays, we’re seeing more teams stock up at tight end, and there are organizations like the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, and Detroit Lions that have three very good TEs on their roster. At this point, though, it looks like a reunion between the Green Bay Packers and Jermichael Finley makes the most sense, unless if the Packers decide they like promising rookie Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless too much to add another joker TE to their stacked arsenal of weapons.

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  • JR Carroll

    Sign him and then we have 3 solid te’s best case. And worse case we trade Davis to somewhere that doesn’t have anything to play for in January except their game checks because he obviously thinks money is more important than winning and that he is more important than the team. Added bonus any 9er who is thinking of pulling the same crap is sent a clear message.

  • Coowal 1

    Well spoken JR, I’m totally disappointed in VD. He has a good contract in place now and I can’t sympathize why he’s unhappy with it.

    • JR Carroll

      It’s really disappointing when you compare his stats to the other top te’s and see that he is great in the red zone but over all still the 4 th or 5 th best te in the league. He is currently the 4 the highest paid. STFU and report to camp like a big boy.

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

        Davis is definitely paid appropriately, completely agree with you there. But I can’t see him being traded if he continues to pout about his contract, because nobody else would be willing to give him a raise either. All tight ends deserve more money, but this guy is getting older and has no leverage to push himself against an elite team like this.

        • JR Carroll

          I’m sure there is a young team with a young QB out there that would love to buy their young QB a security blanket like VD. Possibilities without checking depth charts…. The Jags….The Browns….The Jets…..KC….Tenn….

    • http://www.theforeclosuresinfo.com/foreclosure-list.html Short Sales

      i think his stock got something to do with em wanting more $$ lol

  • Dthatch

    Davis has two years left on a contract that he agreed to and signed. A man is only as good as his word; if he signed a contract he should honor it. Would he be holding out for a pay cut if his performance was sub par?

  • Richard B. Parker

    Vernon Davis always comes up short against Seattle,when he is able to knock Chancellor in the mouth and beat their DB’s downfield consistently,them I am all for his new contract.

  • Kemp Jacob

    When factoring in rather to pay Davis and rather Davis should report you have to think about these:

    1. He is already getting paid, when he first signed it was the highest contract for TEs at that time, and is still 4th highest in the NFL. Furthermore he has 2 yrs left on his deal.

    2. He is 30 with 2yrs left on his deal how much longer really will Davis be a top 5 TE. I have no doubt he will be effective at least for the next 4yrs but will he be top 5, No. The reason Davis rellies on speed and doesn’t play as big and physical as Grahm, Thomas, or especially Gronk and when it comes to football speed goes first. Plus Davis has had injury issues.

    3. Davis stats were skewed last year due to the lack of Crabtree and a legitimate 3rd WR for the better part of the year. Kaep had only 2 targets to go to for the better part of the year and for comparison Boldin had 500 more yards than Davis and 7tds to Davis 13. This year Crabtree will back and 100%, Boldin is still here, Johnson is definitely a legit 3rd receiver, and we will have Ellington a burner in the slot. Furthermore, their will be a 100% Patton and maybe even Loyde if he is kept around with 2nd year Mcdonald who showed promise last year just had an issue with drops. However, this year if McDonald is in he will be receiving far less attention when their is Boldin, Crabtree, Johnson, Kaep, and Gore or Hyde at RB. McDonald will be a side thought to most defenses at that point and should have opportunities that any TE could take advantage of.

    4. Even as a business perspective Davis would stand to gain more money by first off keeping the fans happy which buy his merchandise and allow him to gain sponsors. Secondly being fined large amounts of money when you know you are not going to win isn’t smart either. Thirdly at this point in his career most players want a super-bowl which will net them more money in the long run. Lastly with 2yrs on his contract the 49ers could let him sit fine him then trade him to some crap team which would not be good for business to spend the last 4yrs of your career on a celler dweller.

    So when you look at all the talent at WR, RB, QB, and O-Line along with Davis’s age does paying him more money on top of his already very lucrative contract make sense? Especially when McDonald is still a very promising young TE that if starting would not receiving the double teams Davis did last year but would almost be a side thought to defenses who are going to be more concerned about Boldin, Crabtree, Johnson, Kaep, and Gore/ Hyde/ Lattimore.

  • Hardhead

    I believe the reason he wants more money is because of the catches he had last year and that with the receivers we signed he probably wont get that many catches again. He was happy when he signed the contract he needs to stop.