The Green Bay Packers haven’t ruled out tight end Jermichael Finley returning to the team.
Finley is yet to receive medical clearance to resume playing football after injuring his neck last season. He remains a free agent and no team is going to touch him until he gets medical clearance.
The Packers went out and drafted tight end Richard Rodgers in the third round on Friday. They also re-signed veteran Andrew Quarless earlier this offseason. Those two guys will be thrown into the mix with Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner.
That’s a lot of tight ends.
Ted Thompson says that choosing Rodgers doesn’t mean Finley isn’t going to be re-signed though.
“I don’t necessarily think the two are tied at all,” Thompson said.
“We were just trying to pick a good player.”
Thompson went on to say he hopes Finley can return. However, it seems pretty obvious he isn’t betting on that happening.
At this point, it looks like a waiting game that may never end. Finley recently had more tests on his neck. He hoped those tests would show teams that he was ready to go. The fact that there’s been no word on the results isn’t a good sign.
If Finley is able to come back and the Packers re-signed him, I think we’d all think that was great. If he doesn’t, well, then they’ve already got their five tight ends.
Because you gotta have at least five in today’s NFL.
Will wear a Vikings jersey for the whole season if Finley is on the 53 for a single game this year.
Let me put Jemichael Bitchley in perspective: he CLEARLY just wants to get as much $$$ as he can from GB. It’s A.J. Hawk as a T.E. Only much worse.
How do I know this? Well for one, he said it (unfortunately, I can not find the link). And two, he lost weight because he wants to play as a WR. WR’s make more money than TE’s. Do the math.
He’s a diva, the biggest diva’s in the game’s history were also some of the biggest players in the game’s history. In other words, they were able to get away with it for the sole reason they had talent that teams were willing to risk with.
Finley doesn’t run his mouth as much as T.O. does because he knows he won’t get picked up by anyone if he does. But he sure says about as much as he can get away with.
Furthermore, he went straight to Seattle as soon as FA started. One that shows his loyalty, and two, he clearly wants to play somewhere that will allow him to run his big mouth.
Injury proned, unloyal, big mouth, greedy, cry baby millionaire!!! FORGET HIM ALREADY!!! I have had enough of Finley!!!
“Packers haven’t ruled out Jermichael Finley”
But I have. Next.
Well played, my friend, well played.
Well… if they can get him for a reasonable price… I wouldn’t mind having him in the competition for a spot on the 53 man roster.
A reasonable price? I wouldn’t offer him anymore than a fresh fruit basket. And the moment he picks it up he breaks his neck again. No thanks.
Finley’s a cancer. We’re a better team without him.
Sorry, don’t mean to be harsh, but I personally hope to never see him anywhere near GB again (well, the Vikings may have other plans there…).
We was starting to play well this season. Our remaining TEs are even less talented. If he costs less than one mill, the move can be worth the risk.
The problem can emerge if he, again, sees himself as a hot comodity (which at this point he is not!) and asks for pro bowler salary.
If Finley gets medical clearance to play, whatever DSM-IV personality disorder that inhabits his mind will prevent him from even considering the gulf between his actual and perceived performance and value.
To think that he would ‘cost less than a mill’ is almost as nuts as he is.
I really could give a fuck less about all the histrionics and bullshit that comes with this guy, but his production has never been anything more than middling, while his perception of himself as a player as ‘one of the best in the game’ will never allow cost and value to intersect.
Savage, you are completely missing the point.
Fact is, there are no top notch, proven TEs in GB. Finley could be a stopgap, until someone else emerges, not the TE for the next decade.
Less than a million… this is not far fetched. If other teams have their concerns about his health, he will not be showered with high caliber offers, and may be forced to take what GB puts on the table.
Possible, but IMO very unlikely, and not even worth the trouble. Why? Because Finley’s a cancer, or at least the closest thing to it as he can get away with.
My point is that even if he does produce, his larger than life ego and his demand for a giant raise, will also come back, and therefore we are a better and stronger team without him.