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Jermichael Finley’s agent: Giants one possibility if things don’t work out with Packers

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Free agency doesn’t open until March 11, but Giants safety Antrel Rolle has started doing some early recruiting.

Rolle said this week that he’s working on getting tight end Jermichael Finley to come to the team, which hired offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo away from Green Bay last month. McAdoo had been the tight ends coach in Green Bay from 2006-2011 before moving to work with the quarterbacks.

Rolle said that Finley told him that he would love to join the Giants, but Finley told PFT Live that he wants to return to the Packers. His agent Blake Baratz echoed that desire while saying the Giants were one of several teams that would be in consideration if a return to Green Bay doesn’t work out.

“Right now he is a Packer and I know he would love to play his entire career there,” Baratz said, via the New York 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.”

During his visit to PFT Live, Finley also said that he anticipated getting cleared for contact soon after last year’s neck injury and ensuing fusion surgery. Baratz had a similar timeline, although individual teams may still have different opinions about whether it is medically sound for Finley to get back on the field.

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24 Responses to “Jermichael Finley’s agent: Giants one possibility if things don’t work out with Packers”
  1. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 6, 2014 11:55 AM

    hang ‘em up Jmike! You’ve made enough loot, no sense in risking it after that nasty neck inj!

  2. arwiv says: Feb 6, 2014 12:00 PM

    As a Giants fan id welcome him on a fair contract. We need a legit TE.

  3. bostonian13 says: Feb 6, 2014 12:10 PM

    The Pats will be a great fit for him.

  4. phinfan says: Feb 6, 2014 12:18 PM

    Come back to miami!!!!

  5. contra74 says: Feb 6, 2014 12:21 PM

    Giants own the Packers. Go East young man, go East!

  6. diveleft says: Feb 6, 2014 12:30 PM

    Yet another over-rated Packer.

  7. charmcitychampions says: Feb 6, 2014 12:38 PM

    Deduct a pick from the G-Men for tampering.

  8. mavajo says: Feb 6, 2014 12:44 PM

    This guy has barely been able to handle the criticism he’s received in little ol’ Green Bay. He’d crumble in New York under the mountain of criticism he’d receive there for dropping easy passes and constantly being hurt.

  9. kerrchris65 says: Feb 6, 2014 12:58 PM

    Based on his work ethic and neck injury, I’d say Finley has already ended his playing career with the Packers.

  10. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 6, 2014 1:04 PM

    NO.

  11. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 6, 2014 1:07 PM

    Need catching/blocking TE.

  12. rainmaker1982 says: Feb 6, 2014 1:25 PM

    The Pats would be a perfect spot for him if he wants to resurrect his career and get one last pay day. His injury concerns me, but the potential is there.

    He’s proven he’s not a franchise TE, but I think he’d compliment a team that likes to have two TE’s on the field.

    Sign him up Pats!

  13. dahmergeinteam says: Feb 6, 2014 1:48 PM

    Having been here in Wisconsin, he now knows everything he’ll need to play as a NE TE.

  14. qoojo says: Feb 6, 2014 1:57 PM

    As a packer fan, I watched Finley get a lot of grief because of drops, and opening his mouth. Even when playing great, he would catch crap because of his mouth. So there is bias against him because of that.

    At this point, he did not live up to his contract largely due to injury, but in the past year and half, he seemed to be more focused and a better player. I think he has matured, but the injury is the big unknown.

    Any team that signs him will get a good TE with a questionable injury history. But you really can’t blame him for the injury last year.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Feb 6, 2014 2:15 PM

    He isn’t as legit as people think though.

    Yes there is no doubt he has amazing measureable and speed for a guy that size, but his hands aren’t as dependable as they should be, and his mouth is open far more than it needs to.

    In GB he got annoying, I can only imagine what the NY media would make of this guy.

    The guy cracked 60 catches one time, which I guess is solid in a system that spreads the ball around, but I think most teams want a receiving TEs to be in the 75 rec consistently.

  16. stellarperformance says: Feb 6, 2014 2:54 PM

    This guy has never lived up to the hype. Good luck elsewhere.

  17. corduroy88 says: Feb 6, 2014 3:26 PM

    There are a few things working against J-Mike:

    1) Lack of maturity.
    2) His drops are frequently during high pressure situations — he is the anti-clutch.
    3) He’s one hit away from being fed applesauce by his kids for the rest of his days.

    There is no doubt it’s an awful thing for a guy’s career to be cut short in such a fashion, but his playing days are over.

    Lets be real here: the guy never came close to living up to his expectations, and he caught all Packer fans’ eyes with his talent. He doesn’t seem capable of putting it all together unfortunately. He was a guy who would literally drop nothing when there was no pressure (practice, first/second down), but lacked confidence to be a game changer.

    Unrealized potential.

  18. tommyg2012 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:17 PM

    No. Please no. His injury should keep him out of NY. draft a TE.

  19. gforce4all says: Feb 6, 2014 4:50 PM

    Packers need to bring him back.He knows the risks.Let him play.

  20. dgt178 says: Feb 6, 2014 6:29 PM

    ….injury risk….you gotta go, finley….

  21. packhawk04 says: Feb 6, 2014 8:35 PM

    When hes healthy, he drops more passes than every other TE in the NFL combined. When you think he got rid of them, he gets hurt.

    Every…

    Single…

    Time.

    By finley.

  22. axespray says: Feb 6, 2014 10:47 PM

    He had an awesome game in 09 – then started strong in 2010…

    Then that dominating player disappeared – he started dropping passes and yapping.

    Then he kind of became an above avg. tight end these last few years.

    Maybe that dominating player is still in there somewhere – idk.

    Good luck to him personally and screw him professionally if he signs with an NFC team.

  23. billco6192013 says: Feb 7, 2014 9:38 AM

    As a giant fan i dont want this injury prone guy on my team quarless is a free agent and he would be cheaper and more stable and dennis pitta is also a free agent so is grahm from texans.These guys are young .QUARLESS IS THE BEST PIC SINCE HE PLAYED UNDER MACADOO.I F THE GIANTS DUMP SNEE AND BASS,WEBSTER,NICKS .THEY WILL HAVE AT LEAST 25 MILLION UNDER CAP.GET SOME YOUNG PLAYERS .SIGN BEASON FIRST THEN MAC FROM BROWNS AND YOU WILL HAVE TWO GREAT CAPTAINS.LET BEASON WALK AND YOU WILL HAVE A SAD YEAR ON THE DE SIDE OF THE BALL.MAC IS A SOLID FREE AGENT.IF YOU CAN GIVE BASS 5 MILLION YOU CAN GIVE THIS GUY THE SAME.WAY BETTER PLAYER.

  24. billco6192013 says: Feb 7, 2014 9:51 AM

    If eli was only getting 10 million this year we could rebuild that whole o line.ELI GET ANOTHER RING TAKE A DISCOUNT AND YOU WILL WIN ANOTHER RING.YOU HAVE ONE OF THE BEST COACHES IN FOOTBALL.YOU WILL HAVE A BETTER O LINE WITH A GOOD TIGHT END WITH ENOUGH TO SIGN BLOUNT AS A RB FREE AGENT.

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