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Jermichael Finley Failed Physical with Seahawks; Will It Alter New York Giants’ Interest?

March 24th, 2014 at 2:01 PM
By Doug Rush

Jermichael Finley's status for the 2014 season hasn't looked great ever since suffering a severe neck injury back in Week 6 of the 2013 season, a neck injury that required spinal fusion surgery.

Because of that injury, it has likely cause several teams to back off of their interest of Finley. The Seattle Seahawks were the lone team to show early interest in Finley to the point where they flew out the 26-year-old to Washington, but he left without a deal and it had been reported that it could be months before Finley ever signs and because he continues to wait for medical clearance. Up until now, the details behind Finley's health weren't unknown, but Monday's news makes it a lot clearer why he left Seattle without a deal and why he remains unemployed.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Post-Gazette has reported that Finley failed his physical when he made his visit with the Seahawks; and by doing so, may have cost him a deal that would have landed the former Packer with the current Super Bowl Champions, but instead, remains a free agent.

"An NFL source said the Seattle Seahawks failed tight end Jermichael Finley on his physical during his recent visit to the team. Finley is barely more than four months removed from neck surgery performed Nov. 14 to fuse his C-3/C-4 vertebrae. He made a free-agent visit to the Seahawks during the first week of free agency so the team’s medical staff could assess his recovery. The source didn’t know whether the Seahawks will bring Finley back for a re-check. Though Finley has said he expected his surgeon to proclaim the bone in the neck fusion healed this month, that doesn’t mean NFL teams will clear him to play football, at least for now."

With spinal fusion surgery, it's tough to say when an actual player might recovery unlike an ACL injury and surgery, which is a little easier to pin a timetable on. For instance, former Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton needed that surgery back in January of 2010 and didn't get medical clearance until July of that year.

The New York Giants were one of as many as five teams with interest in Finley and even had starting safety Antrel Rolle personally attempt to recruit Finley to come and play for the Giants during the week of Super Bowl XLVIII, in which Finley reportedly told Rolle that he would love to come to New Jersey and play for the Giants. One report had the Giants still looking like a potential option and landing spot for Finley is he ever did get medical clearance from the NFL.

However, with the failed physical, you will have to wonder if that will alter the Giants interest in the tight end, as they have yet to make any contact to Finley or his agent since the start of free agency, which began nearly two weeks ago. One of the other Giants free agent interests was the Packers other tight end, Andrew Quarless, but he re-signed with the Packers on a one-year deal, and likely means that Green Bay will move on from Finley in 2014 and go with the younger and for right now, healthier option.

If the Giants do get scared off by Finley's medical status, they could look to going after a tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft this coming May; Eric Ebron from the University of North Carolina has been highly talked about and in Mel Kiper, Jr.'s mock draft, Ebron was picked to go to the Giants with the 12th overall pick in the first round, although with less than two months to go until the draft, it's not clear if the Giants will look at tight end in the first round or look to address another offensive position with their pick.

The Giants need for a tight end became an early one once the team voided out Brandon Myers four-year deal after just one extremely disappointing season with the team. Since then, Myers signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the other Giants tight ends from last season Bear Pascoe is viewed as another player who may not be back with the team next season, dwindling down their depth at the position from last year, thus showing how much of a need tight end is for the Giants in 2014. Determining the Giants interest in Finley going forward will be more clear once the draft ends and if they walk away from the draft with a tight end or if they keep the position open when they conclude the draft and head into mini-camp.

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23 Responses to “Jermichael Finley Failed Physical with Seahawks; Will It Alter New York Giants’ Interest?”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    I used to like Finely as a player. But in all honesty, he’s very overrated. His hands have always been a giant question mark and now his health might spell the end of his NFL career.

    No thanks.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    A number one WR would be nice but no WR we draft is going to be that in 2014. Anyone thinking that is wrong. Our best answer for our 2014 #1 if not long term #1 is Randle. He enough talent to develop into a Reggie Wayne type but is definitely not a given to get to that type of level. I hope that both him a JPP will benefit from now being the man. Randle as a 3rd WR could afford inconsistently but now being relied upon as a starter and hopefully our #1 WR he will straighten up his game and be more serious about his craft.

    That said I completely agree WR needs to be addressed just not in the first round. The draft is extremely deep at WR and there’s a lot possible value in even a 3rd round WR.

    DE is a position that might have to be addressed aggressively in the draft if we are sticking to our protype. Early, Martin (UNC) and Clark (WV) are the only DEs in the first 3 rounds that really fit our mode excluding Clowney. Barr has the the frame to be a DE, he’s actually bigger than Moore but I don’t know if he has he skills. Scott Crichton and Chris Smith are not the height or length players we normally go for but could be options as well. Any case it seems that we need to address DE in the first 3 or at least 4 rounds because we need 3 DEs and Kiwi or someone like Ayers is not the long term answer.

  3.  NanoTorres87 says:

    Ebron Ebron Ebron Ebron!!

    my first 3 picks:
    1- TE – preferably Ebron lol
    2- OL
    3- WR

    •  jfunk says:

      “1- TE – preferably Ebron lol”

      lol…preferably? If we spend the 12th pick on a TE and it’s NOT Ebron, Jerry should be fired before Round 2 starts. And the poor guy who handed the card in should be fired too, just to be safe.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Frankly I would be shocked if we picked a TE in the first round, if we did however, there is no sane reason why he would not be Ebron. There is a huge talent gap between him and all the other TE’s.

      •  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        And if Ebron is not available?

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m not a big fan of Ebron at 12. But I do like him as a player I just don’t see the value of drafting a TE that high unless he’s exceptional. To me Ebron is very good but not exceptional. But I still would much rather that pick than a WR especially Evans at 12. At least I can see the argument that Ebron is not only the best TE but a unique TE in this draft. There are WRs that go in the 2nd-3rd round of this draft that will be as good and maybe even better than a WR we draft at 12.

    I do think with the Jerry addition and other signings I don’t think that the OL is in as much need of as much major draft investment. The DL is in greater need right now.

  5.  Kettles78 says:

    I would say stay away from Finley unless you were 100% he was healthy and he didn’t cost much at all. But given the choice I would say pass at this time

  6.  jfunk says:

    I don’t want Ebron at 12 either, but I’d understand it.

    Here’s the thing about picking 12th…we should be targeting a player that we’d be willing to pay top dollar in 4-5 years.

    WR, DE, OL, CB…these are positions the Giants would pay market value for if they turn out to be studs. TE not so much. If Ebron is the next Jimmy Graham or Antonio Gates, he’s gone when it comes time to pay him best TE in the league type money. If he doesn’t play well enough to warrant that kind of attention in free agency, then he was a bad pick at 12 to begin with.

    That makes me question DT too. I’m just not entirely sure how the Giants view it. Has their willingness to let Griffin, Cofield, Joseph walk been an indication they just didn’t think those players were all that great or an indication that they don’t feel the position warrants spending high-end FA money on?

    On the other hand…with the Eli Era end in sight do they care about the long term viability of the player or do they only care if he can help them win during his rookie contract? If that’s the approach, then Ebron makes more sense. He might be the best TE we have a shot at in that time. With Eli & Rolle’s contracts still intact, the Giants WILL have the cap space to make a big splash in FA at one of the premiere positions during the next 2-3 years if they feel they need a player there to get them over the top. And assuming Eli’s play returns to form this season, I have no problem with them doing that. As long as they believe Eli can still get it done, they should go ahead and mortgage the future cap to maximize his last few years.

    I’d gladly trade 2-3 years of cap hell roster purging in 2017-2020 if it means squeezing in another Championship out of Eli in the interim.

    •  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Reference Ebron free agency. In this day of free agency you can only hold on to a few of the really good players anyway. Drop your overpaid player and pick up someone elses overpaid player. Really a stupid system

  7.  jb322 says:

    Sorry Jfunk,

    I don’t like those odds. The cap hell is a sure thing, the super bowl isn’t. And if you don’t get to the superbowl in the next two, you have guaranteed that you won’t be back for almost a decade. A team should never enter in to “win now” mode, it is often counterproductive.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Completely disagree. When you have an older great QB I think you have to play for now. Having a Rodgers to replace Farve is the exception not the rule. Look at life after Simms. Cap hell also doesn’t last for a decade but there will be 2-3 years of troubles. That’s what Denver is doing now and I agree with what they are doing. I think NE is actually making the wrong move by not playing for now more in terms of helping Brady. Salary cap hell is different than trading away picks. When you’re in salary cap hell you can be a young talented team.

    •  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      Agree: See Philadelphia’s great “on paper” team.

  8.  skinnydoogan says:

    Well I think O-line is off the board in the first round as well as corner. I am pretty sure the Giants won’t go DT in the first round either, for reasons you cited jfunk. Other than Shockey, we usually don’t value TE that high so what does this leave us? I think we are going receiver first round. Eli needs a premier target, that guy is not on our team right now. Not saying that I would not love Ebron, the guy is real good, I just don’t think the G-men go that way.

    •  rlhjr says:

      REPOST:
      rlhjr says:
      March 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM
      No question Tuck is a class act. The trick is to find a player of his former caliber vs run and pass. Moore needs to growup fast.

      Still I think Ebron is the pick. He takes the place of Nicks and a TE.
      Put him outside and no single DB can cover him. Put him inside and no linebacker and few safties can keep up with him.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      We just don’t blindly pick. It depends on what we need and the value on the board. I don’t think picking a DT at 12 is much of a jump from the 2nd round. Picking a TE at 12 seems to be much more of a jump. But still it depends on the value at that pick. The only picks I completely rule out at 12 are QB, RB, DB & MLB.

      •  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        Dear horned sage, We don’t pick blindly? Have u noticed our picks in the last few years?

      •  Greg says:

        Agreed… We don’t need a DB at 12, especially if we can land one more guy before camp. What’s the story with the corner from the Bears, we were cose to signing 2 days ago? !st round should go to TE, (unreal #1 WR if someone drops), OT… that’s it. I would include DE, but I think we need experience this year, a vet that can backup Moore…. After Draft, players like Osi will be getting released, and Giants will have an extra 5 million to spend after June 2nd, due to Bass’s contract….

  9.  Greg says:

    If you don’t like Ebron, you are crazzzzzy! So much upside to him, where the gmen wouldn’t need to look for a TE for a longtime! Reese is the king of wording contracts for Free Agents. I wouldn’t be against signing Finley to a one year incentive deal ****AFTER HAVE EBRON SIGNED**** Release Robinson, he’s a busy, with a capital B! Would love to have Ebron, Finley, and resign Pascoe… I know we picked up Lafell or whatever his name is from Pats, he’s a training camp body.. that’s it!

  10.  Greg says:

    I will say, Finley couldn’t “catch a cold” against the Gmen in 2011 SB year… especially in the playoffs! Dropped many passes that were right on the money! I just think if we can get a low risk deal in place, why not take a chance to use him as a number 2 TE….? If he truly is injured where he can’t preform, it would void his contract, costing the Gmen nothing! For those of you who are against using a first round pick on an elite TE in the draft, just look at the best TE’s in the league… Do you see a trend of where they were drafted? There are exceptions, like Jimmy Graham, who was a basketball player/athlete. Even Shockey, a first round pick did wonders for the Gmen when he was healthy. Drafting a TE late in the draft hasn’t worked out well for us… Beckum, Robinson…etc. Yes we had Boss and Ballard, but they were eased in when we already had #1 TE’s in place at the time (Shockey when we got Boss: And Boss when we got Ballard).

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