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Finley leaves Seattle without a contract

Green Bay Packers' tight end Jermichael Finley celebrates his touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley told PFT Live during Super Bowl week that he’d be ready to hop a flight to Seattle if he made it to free agency.

He did.  And now he’s hopped a flight out of Seattle.

Per multiple league sources, Finley’s visit to Seattle ended on Thursday.  It’s unclear whether an agreement will be reached.  The primary purpose of the visit, we’re told, was to allow the Seahawks assess his current health.

Last year, Finley suffered a season-ending neck injury that required surgery.  He explained in late January that clearance was expected in a matter of three or four weeks.  He has not yet received a full, unequivocal green light, we’re told.

It’s unclear when Finley will receive clearance to return to football, and if so whether a team will be comfortable putting him back on the field.  Finley nevertheless is committed to continuing his career, and we wish him the best as he attempts to get there.

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59 Responses to “Finley leaves Seattle without a contract”
  1. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 13, 2014 9:36 PM

    Smart man.

  2. jrebar88 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:37 PM

    What can Seattle do with their 4 million in cap space? LOL oh that’s right…nothing! Enjoy your one Super Bowl win Seattle, you will not see one again any time soon.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 13, 2014 9:39 PM

    The Green Bay Packers have the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL

    Followed second by the Seattle PEDhawks.

  4. andreboy1 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 PM

    Finley just got sick of their corny coach looping lame Macklemore music for his entire visit.

    And the mist was too much for any sane man to handle.

  5. seatownballers says: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 PM

    Best news today. No Finley, possibly bringing Rice back.

  6. chawk12thman says: Mar 13, 2014 9:42 PM

    Why not more information other than he went and left? Surely the agent knows if he passed whatever physical he was given………My guess is that since we aren’t hearing that he is heading to another spot for another physical, he must not have passed in Seattle. Looking forward to hearing the results.

  7. seatownballers says: Mar 13, 2014 9:44 PM

    Finely is at the end of career. Let’s draft Benjamin or Jenkins. Tall receiving threats, young, better options then an injury prone veteran seeking another payday

  8. f1restarter says: Mar 13, 2014 9:44 PM

    What are the Vikings waiting for? With the Packers signing more and more of their own free agents, the pool of ex-Packers is getting thin. Surely the purple losers will want to sign at least *one* guy who’s tasted Super Bowl glory, desperately hoping it rubs off on their own gaggle of misfits.

  9. wayneflores says: Mar 13, 2014 9:46 PM

    Sounds like another I-R all-star for the Raiders.
    McKenzie collects them. Pays them well while they watch the games in street clothes. For their dedication, they are rewarded with a new contract.

  10. meatcarroll says: Mar 13, 2014 9:48 PM

    And Jim Harbaugh will be leaving San Francisco without a Super Bowl ring.

  11. intelligent cement says: Mar 13, 2014 9:50 PM

    I feel just as informed as I did before I read this.
    Good job, Mike.

  12. louiedogg16 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:51 PM

    With Z Miller’s contract, its hard to see a lot more money being put into another tight end.. But trying to guess the Hawks moves is impossible, so I just roll with it.

  13. chmura97 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:52 PM

    Greenbay needs players that aren’t spineless!

  14. bstclum04 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:53 PM

    Maybe he relized seattle is now a sinking ship with all the players they lost over the last few days.

  15. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 13, 2014 9:56 PM

    As a Hawks fan I don’t mind signing him as long as we don’t give him guaranteed money. It should be all incentive based the first year until he proves his health.

  16. milkcan44 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:58 PM

    If someone like Pete Carroll, (who basically has no moral scruples) won’t take him, it’s going to be tough with other teams.

  17. nflguru12 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:59 PM

    C3 -C4 neck fusion is serious stuff. In 20 years he’ll be suing the league on why they let him play. Finley needs to take his millions and enjoy life as he knows it.

  18. packersgreenbay says: Mar 13, 2014 10:05 PM

    Wish him luck. Not sure If want to see him play anymore? Neck injuries are no joke. Take the 10 mil, is that still an option?

  19. pearljamjars says: Mar 13, 2014 10:07 PM

    As a Packers fan, it was often difficult to watch a guy with so much talent not live up to expectations. With the signing of Quarless, it looks like he’s no longer a part of the picture. Hope everything is healed. Good luck to Finley but if the Pack play him, he reverts back to his stone hands.

  20. fordmandalay says: Mar 13, 2014 10:08 PM

    If I was an NFL team, I could not in good conscience sign Finley. He’s a good guy, and I would not want to take the risk of his life.

  21. libradad53 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:08 PM

    The team physician that handles head and neck injuries is also head of the NFL medical review for this type of issue. The NFL has to approve his return first. So what this means is any one’s guess, but the league approval means that it would be doubtful, unethical even for him to get a contract following a team physical without the formal league approval.

    We shall see what we shall see in the next few days or so…

  22. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:11 PM

    whoa, I’m glad this didn’t happen 12!

  23. grantsbuds says: Mar 13, 2014 10:11 PM

    Good luck with the return. Keep your health.

  24. donnymacjack says: Mar 13, 2014 10:12 PM

    He’s signed, sealed and delivered the moment Zach Miller declines his offer. And it’s too bad also, because Miller is a true complete tight end. Blocks as well as he catches.

  25. binkystevens says: Mar 13, 2014 10:13 PM

    I don’t know why this article assumes it’s a foregone conclusion that Finley is leaving Green Bay. He said already his first choice is to go back there. He hasn’t even been medically cleared by his own doctor, let alone a team doc that makes the decision in whether a GM can pursue him. Just stupid reporting.

  26. strangebrew22 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:32 PM

    I guess that means the Packers still have a chance to re-sign him. But we all know that won’t happen. Ted Thompson won’t even sign healthy free agents, so he’s certainly not going to sign someone whose medical condition is questionable.

  27. clemsonfanjt says: Mar 13, 2014 10:33 PM

    His name is NOT Peyton Manning so his neck injy matters

  28. GenXJay says: Mar 13, 2014 10:37 PM

    After winning the SB, seattle struggles to resign players and attracts Tiny Tims.

  29. nfl4days says: Mar 13, 2014 10:53 PM

    Madden players everywhere breath a sigh of relief. Seattle is OP enough as it is.

  30. hansenbrothers says: Mar 13, 2014 10:54 PM

    I hope he walks away so that he spends the rest of his life as a healthy and normally functioning adult.

  31. billybone says: Mar 13, 2014 10:55 PM

    Maybe Finley leaving without a deal is a sign that Zach Miller restructured his contract to stay with Seattle. Much rather have Miller over Finley

  32. scoops1 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:58 PM

    Giants!

  33. packerblitz says: Mar 13, 2014 11:01 PM

    I wish him all the best with his health, but if he plays again, I’d rather he not come back to Green Bay. How the Vikings have not jumped all over him is beyond me.

  34. aldante66 says: Mar 13, 2014 11:06 PM

    Oh please Ted be the man pay up. You’ve spent nothing in free agency lets bring this guy back, pay him at least triple what he’s worth just like you did with Shields and lets call it a season. Make my day, prove me right: Pack 6-10 next year and miss the playoffs the next three.
    The only way this team improves, they dump you and that nut case McCarthy.

  35. vincelombardisghost says: Mar 13, 2014 11:26 PM

    Packers….!

  36. hawksfan99 says: Mar 13, 2014 11:27 PM

    Once he gets cleared welcome to the hawks.

  37. piplup666 says: Mar 13, 2014 11:52 PM

    Haha 20 dislikes for saying “Giants!”? That’s pretty harsh, guys.

  38. InFact says: Mar 13, 2014 11:58 PM

    Green Bay: One Season @ minimum wage, plus a $250,000 signing bonus.

  39. drush127 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:03 AM

    Watch his next visit is to the Giants.

  40. elliottcovert says: Mar 14, 2014 12:06 AM

    For the love of God man, get out of Green Bay while you still can!

  41. jaws0me says: Mar 14, 2014 12:19 AM

    They actually handed him a contract but he dropped it.

  42. theclink12 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:25 AM

    He is going to Seattle.

    The deal is already “done” despite reports….just waiting for the medical clearance.

    Seattle will get him for cheap and then release Zach Miller.

    Miller’s cap hit next year? 7.5 million
    Finley will get signed for a fraction of that.

    #SeattlePocketsMoreCapSpace

  43. meatcarroll says: Mar 14, 2014 12:33 AM

    And Jim Harbaugh is going to leave Santa Clara without a Super Bowl ring.

  44. trevor123698 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:33 AM

    they need to sign him. hopefully he can take the whole team down a notch with his inneffective play due to injury

  45. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 14, 2014 12:41 AM

    Do you even lift?

  46. jhtobias says: Mar 14, 2014 12:52 AM

    Seattle you did yourself a favor by not signing this guy …

    Don’t worry packer fans tt will give him a 4 yr 25 million all money guaranteed !! He doesn’t play defense so tt is all aboard ..

    Remember ron wolf built the dynasty through the draft and many of the defensive holes through fa … Never Forget.

    TT draft and develop method is not working anymore trade arod so he can have another chance to win a sb ..

  47. palmercot says: Mar 14, 2014 1:02 AM

    Sounds like he dropped the ball again.

  48. hotfire6388 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:15 AM

    he did intend to sign but fumbled away the opportunity

  49. kerzondax says: Mar 14, 2014 1:37 AM

    Hope he gets to be 100%. But drops to many passes for my taste.

  50. bigwayne75 says: Mar 14, 2014 3:04 AM

    Unless he comes very cheap, I hope the Giants don’t even look at this guy. Finley is coming off a major injury, they don’t even know if this guy can play. This guy has shown that he can lazy and have a bad attitude, that is a bad fit for the Giants.

  51. pftking says: Mar 14, 2014 3:56 AM

    His agent works and operates in Minnesota so I could see him setting up a visit with the Vikings or they could try a team in Texas since he’s from there.

  52. fishguy1812 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:27 AM

    I’m 6’5 245.
    Last year the Vikings kept calling me.
    My reply:

    “Hey, dumb ass, I’m 38 and can run a wind-aided 5.4″

    I hope that mori

    Good for him.

    I’m 6’5 245 too.

    Here’s the deal.

    Last year the Vikings kept calling and calling.
    My answer “I’m 38 dumb ass, and I can run a 5.4 with the wind”.

    Didn’t matter, they thought I would pair up with Free again.

    Would never play for vikings

  53. steelcityfinest13 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:10 AM

    Something is going on with him….he was reported to deal with the steelers our team doc did the surgery and now I’m seeing him visit somewhere else…hmmmm…something the steeler doc must have seen because I haven’t heard us say anything else about em

  54. packerpauly says: Mar 14, 2014 6:29 AM

    I really enjoy watching J-Mike play the game. His ability to stretch the field and operate as a hybrid WR is amazing. That being said, with the hit he took and the details of his injury that emerged, I wish he would retire from the game for the sake of his health and his family’s well-being. Whatever happens, I wish the best of luck to Jermichael.

  55. ariani1985 says: Mar 14, 2014 8:22 AM

    Think he dropped his phone when he entered the room?

  56. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2014 10:50 AM

    The guy is a head case, Green Bay’s biggest problem was getting him to just shut up.

    The Packers won the Superbowl without him so hopefully he will take a big contract somewhere so at least the Packers will get a comp pick for the guy. I’m shocked it isn’t the Vikings, he fits their profile to a “T”, he’s on the downside of his career, he will be overpaid for his limited production and most importantly, he’s an ex Packer.

  57. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2014 11:42 AM

    Even though he trains in Minnesota because, like most Packer players, he can’t get out of WI soon enough after the season, he won’t sign in MN as the Vikes are set at TE.

  58. tristiankwon28 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:54 AM

    Oh well the Seahawks will be winning there second super bowl soon anyways

  59. omeimontis says: Mar 15, 2014 9:12 PM

    Percy Harvin 2.0.

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