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New York Giants Expected to Make “Strong Push” for Jermichael Finley: Report

February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

For the better part of the last week, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, a pending free agent, has been a hot topic in New York. And it all started with New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle attempting to "recruit" him at a Super Bowl XLVIII viewing party.

"He said that he would love to be a part of the Giants," Rolle said. "He was telling me Ben McAdoo is a brain, that he’s going to keep defenses guessing, he’s very smart. I just said ‘Yes!’"

Although Rolle claims Finley said he would love to join the Giants, this news led to Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, making a statement about his client's desire to retire with the Packers.

“Right now he is a Packer and I know he would love to play his entire career there," Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, said in an email to the New York Post. “For the next five weeks or so they have his exclusive negotiation rights. If it doesn’t work out in Green Bay for whatever reason then I believe there are a number of teams that could use a talent like Jermichael."

Despite that, the Latino Post is now reporting that the Giants are expected to make a "strong push" for the tight end in the event he makes it to free agency. And with Brandon Myers having his deal voided on Friday night, the team certainly now has a need at the position.

The major concern with Finley is a serious neck injury — and subsequent surgery — that ended his 2013 season. However, while making the rounds at Radio Row a week ago, Finley said he's about 99.9% recovered and will be cleared for contact sometime over the next three or four weeks. He was previously cleared to run routes and catch passes.

Health could make Finley a hot free agent commodity. In 70 career games with the Green Bay Packers, the tight end hauled in 223 passes for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns. His best season came in 2011 when he caught 55 passes for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.

In six NFL seasons, Finley has played in all 16 games only twice — 2011 and 2012.

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3 Responses to “New York Giants Expected to Make “Strong Push” for Jermichael Finley: Report”

  1.  jfunk says:

    Old. Injured. Underachiever.

    Sign me up!

  2.  BillyS says:

    I’m on the fence with Finley. He’s the kind of player that just always seemed like he never reached his full potential. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a solid player, but I feel he’s the player teams overpay in hopes of getting the best out of him, but they only get similar to what he’s already done. Granted that’s better than what we’ve currently got, but the financial investment may not be the wisest for a team like this. Plus I also have concerns about the injury. It was a nasty injury and when it first happened there was talk of his career being finished. Even if he is healthy physically, how is he mentally? Is he going to be afraid of being hit now? I just don’t know if he’s a good fit for us. Eli uses TEs as a security blanket, and it’s no secret that he throws high, so we need a TE who can go up there and not be afraid to get hit — similar to how Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard were. There could be some decent TEs in the middle/late rounds of the draft, although it sucks that we already have so many needs that the picks will most likely be tied up in other positions.

  3.  Krow says:

    What bothers me about this … if true … is that we’re still trolling the free agent market for bargains. One year “show me” guys … players who need to prove they’re back from an injury … assorted question marks … in other words ‘business as usual’. We’re following a strategy that doesn’t appear to work any more. The best teams … teams with Superbowl aspirations … are going with young, hungry, healthy, athletic specimens. Playing their draft picks as quickly as possible. And augmenting them with high quality free agents. They want a fast paced, hard hitting, aggressive game. And are willing to simplify their schemes to fit that sort of player profile.

    Here’s the guy we’re making a strong push for …–nfl.html

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