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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