Not that we would call Mark Chmura a definitive source, but the former Green Bay Packers tight end thinks Jermichael Finley’s career is over.
Finley injured his neck last month and the Packers put him on injured reserve last week. Finley has been adamant that he’s going to play again, but that decision is ultimately up to the doctors and the Packers… or some other NFL team, since Finley is in the final year of his contract.
Chmura says it isn’t happening.
“I got a chance to talk to Jermichael Finley before the game, and I would bet my bottom dollar his career’s over. Over. He needs surgery, and it’s herniated in [the C3 and C4 vertebrae]. . . . I think it’s gonna be a Nick Collins deal. He’s definitely not gonna play in Green Bay, I’d put my house on that.”
Collins suffered a similar injury and the Packers ended up cutting him. He hasn’t played in the NFL since then.
Finley, however, still seems to have hope that he will play again.
If Anyone Is Made For All This It's Me! #Road2Recovery
— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) November 12, 2013
Our guess is, like Collins, the Packers will be hesitant to clear Finley to play. That will leave them with somewhat of a hole at tight end, unless Brandon Bostick comes on as a pass catcher.
Finley’s health — and ability to walk — is a little more important than that, though.
If he is done, at least he can walk away from the game.
Exactly. It’s unfortunate, but the man made a lot of money the past two years (assuming he was smart enough to save some of it) and still has his health.
If the doctors see even the slightest risk of re-aggravation, he should just hang up the cleats.
As a Packer fan, there is no “at least” to take from this…
Collins and fucking Finley
Finley has set himself up with a $10 Million insurance hedge that pays out should he incur a career ending injury. If he has to walk away, he and his family are financially set.
He was overpaid anyways. Let the GB rebuilding project begin, they already have enough high-priced injured talent on the roster the way it is.
Brett Favre does not approve of your whining.
Dude was going to prove to be a top 5 TE this year. Fact.
Reminds me of another packer making a similar bet. Remember that Rodgers Braun thing?
Bostic is pretty good man. Maybe not the physical freak that Finley is but the man is 6’7 and athletic. I think we are in good shape.
Oh and Chamura is one of my personal Heroes man. Any guy who can bang some nice high school rich white girl pussy and get away with it is the MAN in my book!! You go Chewy!!
Never liked Finley. His mouth, dropped passes, couldn’t block, and more of his mouth. I don’t know if he ever plays again, but I highly doubt you ever see him dressed in green and gold again. TT would never go there. As much as I didn’t like him, hope he recovers well. He should be set financially as he’s made 16 mill, the last 2 years, plus his 10 mill (tax free) Ins policy would pay. But I wont miss him. When he got injured, he was the 13th rated tight end. He was overpaid, with a big mouth. Cya.
A team shouldn’t keep paying a guy for “potential” year after year after year. No offense Chicago (Cutler).
1st Round TE prospects for 2014 Draft include Eric Ebron from North Carolina and Jace Amaro from Texas Tech. Tall, talented and great hands on both. Either could be an improvement over J Mike in time (both are underclassmen)
Also, keep an eye on Michigan TE#87 Funchess, he’s another ascending talent.