Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is tackled by Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas (26) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Less than three months removed from spinal fusion surgery, Jermichael Finley has been cleared for a return to the gridiron. Based on reports from his doctor, Finley’s camp believes the former all-pro tight end will be cleared for contact within three to four weeks. The impending unrestricted free agent has wasted no time jumping back into the business end of matters. His agent claims the 26-year old Finley has no desire in settling for a “show me” type contract. If healthy, he brings hard to find WR traits and athleticism to the TE position.
According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Antrel Rolle has been busy selling the Giants as the premiere destination for Finley. The pair watched the Super Bowl together, during which time Rolle planted the seed: “”He said that he would love to be a part of the Giants. Going up against this guy for a number of years now, I said I would love for him to be a part of the Giants so we don’t have to face him.”
Newly minted offensive coordinator (and former Packer Tight Ends coach), Ben McAdoo, drew heavy praise from Finley. In the words of Rolle: “He was telling me Ben McAdoo is a brain, that he’s going to keep defenses guessing, he’s very smart.” Finley has also been quoted as saying: “If Ben came calling, I’d go running.”
With Brandon Myers assuredly on his way out, the positional door is wide open for Finley. However, offering a multi-year contract to a player with fused C-3 and C-4 vertebrae is a tremendous risk. “Risk” is not typically found in the Giants lexicon.