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Status quo for Jermichael Finley

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley celebrates a first down against the Detroit Lions in the first half of their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin Reuters

Last week, free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley made good on his vow to hop a plane to Seattle if free agency opened and he didn’t have a deal to stay in Green Bay.  But the Seattle trip has come and gone, and Finley remains unsigned.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Finley’s situation remains unchanged.  While Finley believed he’d receive medical clearance by the end of February, medical clearance hasn’t come — and there’s no timetable for it.

Finley suffered a serious neck injury during the 2013 season.  He underwent spinal fusion surgery, which in many cases is career ending.   Optimism remains that Finley will be cleared to play, eventually.

For now, several teams are interested, but Finley remains in a holding pattern.

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23 Responses to “Status quo for Jermichael Finley”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 18, 2014 8:17 PM

    Jermichael is overrated isn’t a very good tight end.

    The perfect Packer.

  2. hcat44 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    I think Finley fits the Seahawks organization very well. He has that grind/chip on his shoulder mentality. I just don’t know if we need him since we signed mccoy and miller.

  3. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 18, 2014 8:21 PM

    Geesh, that still sounds scary. Just retire dude. Its just football. You have a wife and kids at home, you’re still really young, and you should have a boatload of money still

  4. scoops1 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    Noone owned the Bears like Finely did…

    except for maybe Favre….

  5. fdugrad says: Mar 18, 2014 8:37 PM

    What, I wonder is his and or his agent’s main selling point when negotiating with potential teams? Does he somehow maintain that a tight end with a FUSED neck is an asset that is unique and desirable? Seems like a rather tough sell to convince a team to accept the liability. Not only is there little protection for anyone playing this position, the TE is pretty much constantly colliding with opponents on EVERY snap…too risky for future litigation.

  6. justbust says: Mar 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    If Aaron Rodgers cannot make u look good, u r not. This is a fact. Very overrated indeed.

  7. harrycanyon says: Mar 18, 2014 9:10 PM

    One of the most over rated players in the league. Has done nothing to prove he wasn’t a small flash in the pan. Why would Seattle want him?

  8. vegasgreek says: Mar 18, 2014 9:23 PM

    Raiders should sign him for cheap like they did Run DMC.

  9. johnc714 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:29 PM

    He should walk IMO. He’s got a $10mil insurance policy he can collect if he can’t play. He was looking great last season and I’d hate to see him have to hang it up but it’s not worth the risk.

  10. nflsucker says: Mar 18, 2014 9:43 PM

    Inconsistent play when healthy, plus a fused neck? Either retire, or accept that you’re playing for something close to the veteran’s minimum this year.

  11. bigpoppa5501 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:29 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised seeing him as a dolphin next year. Reunited with Philbin, just my gut feeling.

    Needs to be officially cleared first.

  12. stevent92 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:04 PM

    This guy has set the record for “Most Consecutive Breakout Seasons.”

  13. abqhawk says: Mar 18, 2014 11:25 PM

    If he passes a physical Seattle should offer him a 1-yr prove it deal at minimum salary. That’s a fair deal for both sides.

  14. jackfactor says: Mar 19, 2014 12:11 AM

    Finley has an insurance policy for $10 million net after tax if he opts to retire. This is not a joke. Look it up. If he truly is cleared and comes back, you would think he needs to play 2-3 years to ensure surpassing that.
    I don’t think any team is going to give him a contract that isn’t heavily weighted to games played with incentives on numbers.
    If I was his advisor and friend, I’d do an intervention to make him retire and take the $10 M. His youth and pride are in the way of making right decision for him and his family.

  15. krisneel says: Mar 19, 2014 2:45 AM

    He as athletic as anyone for his size, but he was a product of Rodgers. I would like to see him without a MVP QB and see how he does. Too many drops in the years with GB and honestly GB is just as potent when he’s not playing

  16. scothawk says: Mar 19, 2014 3:13 AM

    When I read this I thought he had signed somewhere for 12 Gold Bars.

  17. h0c2000 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:16 AM

    Is status quo Latin for injured?

  18. stellarperformance says: Mar 19, 2014 5:47 AM

    Deride the Packers all you want, but remember this….any negative characterization whatsoever and the Vikings are worse. The Packers own the Vikings. Until that fact changes…nothing changes.

  19. palmercot says: Mar 19, 2014 7:16 AM

    It is an opportunity to retire. He should not risk another injury that may paralyze him for life. I’m sure he does not have “a lot of money”, these guys have everyone sucking them dry for uncle sam to agents, investors, etc. They live a life style that wastes money. He had a lousy attitude when he was flying high now he isn’t so almighty. He also had a tendency to drop balls when it was a crucial time, (of course with the packer defense all passes are crucial). Take you health and run.

  20. pantherfan40 says: Mar 19, 2014 7:57 AM

    suprised the pats didn’t sign him yet KEY WORD “yet”

  21. dcviking says: Mar 19, 2014 10:54 AM

    I don’t need to remember that the Packers own the Vikings…it gets posted on every thread. I’m only surprised there are no men’s league basketball scores posted with it.

  22. fubar000 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:54 PM

    Would Seattle be trying to blow money just to blow money if they sign Finley? Why would they need another tight end when they’ve resigned Miller? Plus what sense does it make to sign many tight ends that they underuse (like last year) anyway?

  23. troyboy44 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:49 PM

    Dude’s ALWAYS been injured since the Packers first drafted him. He didn’t help them go to the Superbowl, that was Donald Lee and Tom Crabtree. He was good when he was healthy….. whenever that was….

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