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Aaron Rodgers: NFL, Packers better off with Jermichael Finley playing

Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley AP

Jermichael Finley’s football future remains cloudy, but the man who used to throw him passes hopes he’ll be back in Green Bay.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers assumed the starting role in 2008, the same year that Finley joined the team, and Finley has 223 receptions for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns for Green Bay since then. Rodgers has spoken to Finley, who is reportedly weighing a decision to return against trying to cash in a $10 million insurance policy after last year’s serious neck injury, and says that the tight end looks great while adding that the Packers (and the entire NFL) would be a better with Finley back on the field.

“This league is better with Jermichael in it and this team is better with him in it,” Rodgers said, via FOXSports.com. “I have had a couple of conversations with him; he looks incredible. If you follow him on Twitter, he looks pretty amazing, and he’s worked his tail off. For him, it’s a matter of getting cleared.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has also said that he’d like to see Finley back with the team throughout the offseason, but things have been in a holding pattern and there’s no sign that a change in the situation is imminent. Until that comes, the discussions about Finley’s impact on the league, the Packers and anything else having to do with football will remain hypotheticals.

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48 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers: NFL, Packers better off with Jermichael Finley playing”
  1. skittlesareyum says: Jul 29, 2014 2:39 PM

    I wish I knew what was going on with the Finley situation. He got cleared by his doctors (maybe worth a grain of salt) and it seems the Packers haven’t even kicked the tires yet. Why won’t they at least get him evaluated?

  2. ariani1985 says: Jul 29, 2014 2:40 PM

    Coming from a QB that does yoga! Soft teams have soft players!

  3. lambeauphan says: Jul 29, 2014 2:43 PM

    I love ya Aaron but youre not a Doctor, might want to sit out commenting on this one.

  4. thevikingdefender says: Jul 29, 2014 2:45 PM

    He is only saying it so the packers sign him back. And by ‘him’ saying it you know they will.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 29, 2014 2:48 PM

    Can you imagine the weapons at Aaron’s disposal?

    Nelson
    Cobb
    Boykin
    Abbrederis
    White
    Lacy
    Harris
    Starks
    Rodgers (R.)
    Lyerla

    and maybe Finley!?!?

    I can hardly contain myself, I’m so excited for this season!

  6. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 3:01 PM

    skittlesareyum says:
    Jul 29, 2014 2:39 PM

    I wish I knew what was going on with the Finley situation. He got cleared by his doctors (maybe worth a grain of salt) and it seems the Packers haven’t even kicked the tires yet. Why won’t they at least get him evaluated?

    He supposedly was looked at by Patrick McKenzie the team doctor about a week and a half ago. I suspect it didn’t go well otherwise Finley would have been all over twitter saying he passed. Last I read with something like this it would be mid season before anyone would consider him other than a desperate Pittsburgh team who already offered.

  7. linemanguy74 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:10 PM

    Can he play D ??

  8. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    Carl, did you read those names you just typed? I’ll give you Nelson, Cobb, and maybe Lacy, but you can’t be serious about the rest of those guys. Now take a look at these weapons:

    Peterson
    Patterson
    Jennings
    Wright
    Simpson
    Rudolph
    McKinnon

    I’ll leave the undrafted free agents off my list for now.

  9. kabasaman says: Jul 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    Packers: One Man Team. Rodgers goes down again, so go the Packers.

  10. woodyg says: Jul 29, 2014 3:14 PM

    Hey, Carl Gerbschmidt

    You may want to contain yourself at least abit.
    Anyone on your list ever been to a Pro-Bowl or voted All-Pro?

    Didn’t think so.

  11. purplezimmerpride says: Jul 29, 2014 3:19 PM

    Just say no to Finley. My Vikings NFC North worst defense doesn’t need any more problems. Our hopes rest on our NFC North worst offense.

  12. woodyg says: Jul 29, 2014 3:19 PM

    Training camp has started.
    AR needs to focus & quit talking about matters he knows little about.

    Besides, how can anyone possibly use twitter to determine if someone is ready to return from injury & play in the NFL?

  13. mrmojo448 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:22 PM

    Finley, The Giants need you. They are weak and inadequate, especially at the Tight End position. If you come over to the Blue side, I will promise to wear your jersey!!

  14. talonh says: Jul 29, 2014 3:26 PM

    What is it with Vikings fans fascination with the Pro Bowl. They have to be the only team in the league that plays only for Pro Bowl berths.

  15. nceaglesfan says: Jul 29, 2014 3:32 PM

    Finley, grab the 10 million insurance and run into retirement. It’s a game. Think of your future. Even if he’d play another 3-4 years he may not make that much with his risk of injury.

    Better safe than sorry.

  16. woodyg says: Jul 29, 2014 3:34 PM

    “What is it with Vikings fans fascination with the Pro Bowl. They have to be the only team in the league that plays only for Pro Bowl berths.”

    The best players in the NFL go to the Pro Bowl. The more Pro Bowl players a team has the better the record (eventually). —- NFL101.

  17. ariani1985 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:36 PM

    Erin takes judgment from twitter? Wow, I see why he struggles reading NFL defenses!

  18. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 29, 2014 3:40 PM

    Oh, and Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhnnnnn.

  19. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 29, 2014 3:43 PM

    kabasaman says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:11 PM
    Packers: One Man Team. Rodgers goes down again, so go the Packers.
    ______

    One man team? Didn’t you see Carl’s list? Colt Lyerla, White, Starks, something called Abbrederris…

    I’m surprised he didn’t include John Kuhn.

  20. keepingitlogical says: Jul 29, 2014 3:46 PM

    kabasaman
    Jul 29, 2014, 2:11 PM CDT
    Packers: One Man Team. Rodgers goes down again, so go the Packers.
    ————————————

    True! I mean, even if he missed half the season, they wouldn’t have a shot at the division.

  21. imthedudedude says: Jul 29, 2014 3:51 PM

    Teddy, I’ve heard of 4 guys on your list. And one of em is our sloppy seconds. Also, let’s see how the Vikings look if AP went down.. Talk about a one man team. And Carl, you forgot Davante Adams. Dude is gonna be a beast in the redzone. Every Vikings fan here is a troll. Green Bay has more Super Bowl rings (obviously) and owns the head to head matchup all time 56-49-2.
    GO PACK GO

  22. simonator917 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:01 PM

    He needs to walk away, while he still can.

  23. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 4:01 PM

    woodyg says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:34 PM

    “What is it with Vikings fans fascination with the Pro Bowl. They have to be the only team in the league that plays only for Pro Bowl berths.”

    The best players in the NFL go to the Pro Bowl. The more Pro Bowl players a team has the better the record (eventually). —- NFL101

    Here let me give you a lesson that will take you to NFL 201. A team that dominates another to a tune of 9-1-1 record, wins the division, makes playoffs and wins Super Bowls leaves a team like the Vikings grasping for anything positive which is fan voted pro bowls and the 1 primetime game given for the season. This what sadly makes a Viking fan feel like they have reached the big time?

  24. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 4:03 PM

    Oh here we go the purple trolls can incite once again on a Packer article while we get censored, seriously?

  25. deltaoracle says: Jul 29, 2014 4:05 PM

    If nothing else, I’m sure Finley appreciates the good words from #12.
    As for the inevitable Heidi trolls, their reasoning is that Mini is superior because of more (recent) Pro Bowl berths and divisional titles.
    They also think Tony Gwynn was greater than Babe Ruth because he hit more singles and doubles.
    Things are different over there.

  26. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 4:05 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    Now take a look at these weapons:

    Peterson
    Patterson
    Jennings
    Wright
    Simpson
    Rudolph
    McKinnon

    Take a look and what laugh? The same group that helped the queens to a last place finish, impressive.

  27. talonh says: Jul 29, 2014 4:06 PM

    “The best players in the NFL go to the Pro Bowl. The more Pro Bowl players a team has the better the record (eventually). —- NFL101.”

    NO players from the 2 Super Bowl teams go to the Pro Bowl. —NFL Prereqs But keep aiming for those Pro Bowls

  28. rikker12 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    I don’t even pay attention to who’s in the pro bowl each year. Since they started letting the fans vote them in, it became less interesting. There are at least 8 players each year that should make it but don’t because you have teams that suck (Vikings), that all their fans have left for the season, is to vote their favorite teams players into the pro bowl. I guess we know who the honest fans are now..
    I guess when the Packers are eliminated from playoff contention by week 8 I’ll start voting in packer players 10 times a day. But we know that won’t happen any time soon.

  29. ipegato says: Jul 29, 2014 4:40 PM

    October 2. All of this Packers-Vikings talk will come to an end. I for one look forward to it, Vikings fans I am positive do not. No stats, just facts.

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 29, 2014 4:41 PM

    imthedudedude says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:51 PM
    Teddy, I’ve heard of 4 guys on your list. And one of em is our sloppy seconds. Also, let’s see how the Vikings look if AP went down.. Talk about a one man team.
    ________

    I can’t help it if you’re not knowledgeable about football.

    AP missed two games last year. The Vikings won both of them, including 48-30 over Philadelphia.

  31. bigwii says: Jul 29, 2014 4:54 PM

    Neither team is going to do that much this year keys be honest. Not a fan of any team in that division, but have you seen what Detroit has if you’re listing offensive weapons than they’re at the top.

    Johnson
    Tate
    Ebron
    Bush

    That is all, not counting their front seven.

  32. packfanaj12 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:23 PM

    Coming from a QB that does yoga! Soft teams have soft players!

    ———————————————–

    A soft team and soft players seem to beat up on the NFC North, so does that mean the Bears, Lions and Vikings are softer?

  33. purpleguy says: Jul 29, 2014 5:35 PM

    I don’t know. If there’s any doubt whatsoever that he could reinjure his neck, why not just take the ten million insurance disability payment? The guy’s got his ring, made the pro bowl and still has his health.

  34. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 29, 2014 5:54 PM

    Finley has a $10 million dollar insurance policy. Seriously are the Packers going to pony up that kind of coin for a guy with a neck problem? I agree that the Pack would be better with him but the circumstances don’t bode well for his return.

  35. thatswhatcheesehead says: Jul 29, 2014 6:21 PM

    @In Teddy We Trust

    Seriously guy….Peterson and Patterson are your only weapons. The only other guy I could see you arguing for is Rudolph. Jennings is a bust. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it. Not to mention…you don’t have a quarterback. Sorry, but Teddy is a rookie. He’s unproven.

    Finally 4 Super Bowl wins > Zero Super Bowl wins…..FACT.

  36. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 29, 2014 6:28 PM

    Petersen is declining. Makes you wonder how much a weapon he is since they won 2 of 3 without him and won 5 games total.

  37. sonofad says: Jul 29, 2014 6:32 PM

    Knowledgable football minds have the Packers once again contending for an NFL record 14th World Championship. Rodgers no doubt wants Finley to be able to participate in all this years Packer glory, since he missed their last Superbowl a few years ago.

  38. beerbratscheese says: Jul 29, 2014 6:42 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    Now take a look at these weapons:

    Peterson
    Patterson
    Jennings
    Wright
    Simpson
    Rudolph
    McKinnon
    =====================

    You may have Peterson and you may have Patterson, but the Vikings are still pathetic, son.

  39. axespray says: Jul 29, 2014 6:55 PM

    Late 2009 – Early 2010, along with Late 2012 Finley was awesome.

  40. rho1953 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:40 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jul 29, 2014 2:40 PM
    Coming from a QB that does yoga! Soft teams have soft players!

    Think so? They also have an NFL high 13 championships. How many does your team have?

  41. tabiaus1 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:45 PM

    All u vikings fans are haters of the Packers. Go Green Bay Packers. .

  42. tabiaus1 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:49 PM

    Man the vikings team dont compare to the Green Bay Packers. We Elite. Teams fear us and hate to see us on there schedules. Dont nobody fear the Minnesota Vikings. Teams be glad to play them. Im glad we play the twice a year cause I know thats a automatic 2 wins. Lol. Go Packers….

  43. tims52 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:15 AM

    when are these Viking fans ever going two get their heads out of their butts and realize that they are one of the worst teams in the NFL every time the season starts I put the Packers at 2 and 0 because we play Minnesota twice.they fantasize about having a team like our elite Packers.when you have Rodgers, Jordy,cobb, Boykin,Lacey, Starks, Rogers R,and that’s just our offense.let’s see Minnesota has A.P and he’s on the Decline and we could mention our throw away Jennings.come on you pathetic Viking fans when are you going to learn The MIGHTY Packers ’13 championships the PANSY Vikings a BIG ‘0 ‘LOL’ GO PACK GO

  44. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:26 PM

    packer fans need to remember the old tampa 2 defense is gone as is musgrave/childress offense. this team is completely different and will beat your sorry cheese eating club this year on Oct. 2nd on thursday night football.

    why are packer fans so concerend with the minnesota vikings? also tying them once, beating the vikings because of two ponder int’s, beating them in ponders first season and needing harvin’s foot to come out of bounds and shiancoes touchdown overruled isn’t dominating at home against the minnesota vikings.

    oh, and the 13 championships. what a joke they are. 3 came in the great depression when there were no playoffs and 4 came in a 2 week span in consecutive seasons.

    the green bay packers; bloated championship numbers for fatter people

  45. stellarperformance says: Jul 30, 2014 1:48 PM

    “Let’s see a show of hands of anyone who is concerned about the Minnesota Vikings.”

    “Class?…..class?……anyone?…..Buehler?”

  46. bsubeavers says: Jul 30, 2014 4:10 PM

    I do hope Finley retires for his own sake. No reason to risk it.

    With that said every analyst I have heard has called the North going this way:

    1 and 2: Green Bay and Chicago (defense will determine the winner)
    3: Detroit (a team to be feared but can they pull it together?)
    4: Minnesota (new coach does not equal instant wins, not enough talent yet)

  47. bsubeavers says: Jul 30, 2014 4:18 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 30, 2014 1:26 PM

    “oh, and the 13 championships. what a joke they are. 3 came in the great depression when there were no playoffs and 4 came in a 2 week span in consecutive seasons.”

    How many NFL titles have the Vikings won? The answer is 1 (it was the last year that the Super Bowl was played AFL vs NFL)

    What is the Vikings record since 2000 (including playoffs)? 111-120-1

    What is Green Bay’s record since 2000 (including playoffs)? 147-93-1

    When did Minnesota last make a Super Bowl? 1977

    Green Bay? 2011

    Any other comments needed?

  48. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:17 PM

    gotta love it.

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