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Green Bay Packers Unlikely to Re-Sign Tight End Jermichael Finley: Report

February 11th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Doug Rush

With exactly a month to go until the March 11th start date to the free agency period, the New York Giants have slowly begun to decide which free agents they will attempt to pursue. One name that's been mostly talked about up until this point has been Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.

The Giants are expected to make a strong push to land Finley next month in free agency and may make an even stronger push now that they have voided the contract of former tight end Brandon Myers this past week. Not to mention, the team may have unofficially gotten the jump on their pursuit when safety Antrel Rolle personally attempted to recruit him during the week of the Super Bowl and Rolle said Finley told him he would love to be a Giant.

While Finley has said he would love to retire a Packer and stay in Green Bay for the remainder of his career, his agent said that if it doesn't work out with the Packers and he isn't re-signed, the Giants are definitely an option and in play if and when Finley hits the open market and from the latest report from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, it's looking very unlikely that Finley will be back in Green Bay for the 2014 season.

"It's pretty unlikely Thompson will re-sign Finley given he wouldn't medically clear safety Nick Collins, who had the same neck injury. If he can't get Shields signed to a long-term deal, he can put a franchise tag on him for approximately $10 million. And if he can sign Shields, he could use the franchise tag on Raji for maybe $9 million."

Finley missed most of the 2013 season with a spinal column injury that limited him to just six games, but Finley said he was feeling great and is expecting to be cleared to return to football activities in preparation of the upcoming season and if Finley is now unlikely to go back to Green Bay, this may put the Giants at the front of the pack and potentially, in the driver seat as far as landing him goes.

A lot can happen and change in a month by the time free agency starts, but given that Finley told Rolle that he would love to be a Giant, and the team wants to land the free agent tight end next month, the likeliness and odds of the Giants acquiring him have gone up tremendously.

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15 Responses to “Green Bay Packers Unlikely to Re-Sign Tight End Jermichael Finley: Report”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    if JR signs Finley, it will be a very dicey decision
    if he gets injured — AGAIN — and ends up being another cap space eater with little to no production, it will be another nail in JR’s coffin
    Finley hasn’t been healthy for 2 seasons
    he appears to be another injury bit player
    you can pay him at or about the vet minimum, but no more
    even a one year show me deal is too much if he goes down to injury early

    JR should be very very careful

  2.  BillyS says:

    He does always seem to have a nagging injury — and that isn’t even including the career threatening one from last season. But even though he’s talented I think I’d rather stay away from him because of the mentality he may have after all of those injuries. Let’s face it…that was a scary injury he suffered. Eli tends to throw high which leads to our TEs getting battered quite a bit. I just feel that Finley won’t be able to shake the thought of getting hit. Once he hears footsteps he’ll become unreliable because he’ll be thinking of being hit instead of catching the ball. Plus with his talent/potential his numbers should have been even better than they’ve been, but he always leaves you with expectations unmet. Unless he comes cheap then I think it’d be a waste of cap space.

  3.  JBeast3 says:

    Oh Gosh no! No Please NO!

    Well it wouldn’t be the worst signing in the world but the money he will want is money that better used to FIX THE OL. This offseason is gonna say a lot about this front office. Everyone and their grandma knows the Giants need to fix their OL and DL to get back to being a contender; and what are the front office rumors are? Signing TE an injury prone TE thats possibly wants to get paid. Screw the Finley get me 2 of the best OL on FA and 1-2 in the draft. Thats where the money should go, not to Finley. I rather go after Quarless or Carlston ( Kyle Rudolph back up in Minny).

    Fix the OL and DL, gimme Asamoah and Mack or Wade from the texans draft a G in the second and a C in the 3-4 round range. Resign Beason and Linval ( i wouldn’t break the bank for him though) draft a OLB in rounds 3-4 and bring back Patterson.

    OL : beatty Wade Baas Asamoah Pugh.
    OL Bench: Mosely Rookie G, Rookie C, Brewer

    The rookie G and C are being groomed to take over for Baas and Wade if they get injured this year or if the rooks beat them out great.

    DL: JPP Cullen Linval Kiwi
    DL Bench: Moore Hankins Patterson Kuhn

    Cullen will play both DE and DT based on the down and distance.

    This is the route the NYG will have to travel if they want to be contenders again not signing Finley for more than 2 mil a year.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    This could be another one much like Myers: better-looking on paper than in reality. A seriously-injured tight end who will have to catch passes over the middle? Sounds like a very, very, high risk. I’d prefer a simpler set of reads for a young tight end (Robinson, a draftee, an UDFA with athleticism and size, etc.) with Old Reliable (Bear Pascoe) available to clean up the mess along with another veteran picked up cheap who has a few decent years left in him. We’re not winning a championship in 2014, with or without Finley. Go young, with some veterans available to play if the youngsters completely spit the bit.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Or how about drafting Eli a TE that fits in McAdoo’s system? Someone like Ebron would work.

      •  JBeast3 says:

        Exactly, even though i would prefer Dennard Watkins, Mack, Clowney, Robinson, matthews, before Ebron

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          We’re not getting near Clowney, Matthews, Robinson or Watkins unless something drastic happens or we trade up.

          I like Dennard and Gilbert a lot as well. I think either of them might be the pick…. I also think that the combine will be Ebron’s telling where he is going. either mid to end of first or top 15. And he might be just the kind of fit our offense needs. That’s why i keep bringing him up.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    jfunk, Beckum made a few very nice plays roughly 15-20 yards downfield against combinations of defensive backs and linebackers while here. And there were a few plays when he went deep down a seam and got completely open but Eli either didn’t see him, or missed him. I watched him pretty carefully. I think you’re selling him short. He’s no Pro Bowler, but he can be a perfectly capable TE in the right system.

    And all I can say about your comparison to Ramses Barden is that I knew Ramses, I was a friend of Ramses Barden, and you, Travis Beckum are no Ramses Barden (good thing for Travis, and that may be completely misunderstood by those too young to get the reference).

    •  rlhjr says:

      I think jfunk has done his homework on Beckum. Just as I am sure your (FF55) take on Beckum is creditable. We’ll all argue in vain if he was going to be more than just pedestrian. My main point about Beckum is that the “TYPE” of player he was did not fit the Giants offensive MO.

      It has nothing to do with what caliber of player he is/was. I just know the team offensively had no use for him. I think in the proper system he may catch on just as Kam Chancellor did interestingly enough with Seattle.
      Chancellor was thought to be a lost cause. It’s clear now that was a bad assumption. He’s clearly anything but.

      However, Chancellor is a perfect running mate for Earl Thomas. And he’s perfect for Seattle’s scheme. Beckum might be too.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    Beatty is not playing to start the season
    write it down
    bad leg break
    a soft guy to begin with for his position
    he may never play again – time will tell on that one
    but he won’t start the season – PUP is my guess
    giants need 3 starters on the o-line plus a center in waiting
    because they need so much, it makes it all the more likely that Snee remains at hsi inflated salary
    that sucking sound you hear is Snee absorbing and discarding all offensive production for 2014

  7.  jerseyrich says:

    I’d bet a months pay that Snee is either cut outright, or cut and resigned for about what Diehl made last year.

    One thing that nobody ever thinks about is what a salary like Snee’s does to team morale. These guys aren’t that stupid….they want to win and they know darn well that keeping Snee at 7 mill is going to seriously hurt their chances of doing so. Its one thing to get paid a lot and earn that pay, its entirely different when you are just serving as an albatross around the team’s neck. Snee should be gone within 2 weeks.

  8.  Eric S says:

    No to Finley. His injury history is too big a red flag. He’s also been very inconsistent when healthy. Besides, if we did sign him it would be on a cheap prove it deal, which if he proves it means he’ll be gone like the Black Unicorn. Time to get Eli a viable long term answer at TE. Who knows, maybe that guy will wind up bring Robinson. I’d still like to see them invest in a TE at the draft.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    Ebron can play. But if Dennard and Gilbert are available at #12, and we don’t trade down, what GM is going to take a tight end over a guy who could become part of a great pair of corners for a decade?

    I would think that before Reese would do that he would try to go get Manningham back (assuming Nicks leaves, which I am not yet prepared to assume despite that being almost common knowledge these days) so Eli has three legitimate targets in addition to the tight end and a halfback who can catch, and then he would grab one of those corners at #12 unless a stud at another position fell to him.

    But it sure would be nice to give Eli a tight end who can be relied upon to make the tough plays, especially in the Red Zone where the Giants have been very weak (and McAdoo is supposedly very conceptually strong). Kevin Boss may not have been a great tight end, but he made a lot of critical catches while he was here that we haven’t seen consistently made since he departed for Oakland. Jake Ballard was good, but not Boss’ equal. Bennett was very good, but more than somewhat inconsistent. Myers was a joke. A quarterback without a quality tight end is going to suffer from seeing defenses that can focus on the other 2-3 potential targets, and can drop linebackers into passing lanes in a way that forces throws to parts of the field that are well-covered by the defense. Do you all really think the absence of a good tight end has no correlation with an increase in Eli’s turnovers? Think again.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    I share many of the same thoughts as BBG on Sam. I happened to catch Missiouri a lot this year and they have a few players who could be fits for us. Sam I didn’t see as a fit because I thought he projected to a 2nd or 3rd round type pick. But if this kid is there in the 4th and especially the 5th he’s a good fit. I saw some comparisons to Sintim and Tracy but I think he’s different. Sintim was a college 3-4 OLB who we tried to convert to a 4-3 OLB. Tracy was a small DE.college 4-3 DE who we tried to convert to OLB before realizing he was just an undersized DE. Sam just seems to be an undersized 4-3 DE and many of those have been successful including a similarly sized player in Osi.

    All that said I still think his DE counterpart Ealy could get a strong look from us at #12. With his SEC production, classic size and possibly testing really wellI thinkhis stock will rise into our range. If don’t re-sign Tuck we really to have a need at DE. And I think the lines will be heavily invested in. The simply key to improving our team is to get back to rushing their QB and protecting our QB.

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