Jermichael Finley Inching Closer Toward Retirement
Former Green Bay Packers star tight end Jermichael Finley would like to continue his NFL playing career. He just might not be able to.
With dwindling prospects for the 2014 NFL season, Finley has reportedly filed a claim for a $10 million insurance policy.
It had been reported earlier in the off-season that it was “99%” likely that Finley would sit out the 2014 season, and arguably close that that percentage that the former Packer would never hit the field again, at all.
It’s starting to look like that is the case, as the activation of Finley’s insurance policy suggests he needs the money and upon cashing in, he may not be able to turn back to a professional football career.
Finley had received nibbles of interest over the summer, but his inability to effectively pass an NFL physical caused the Seattle Seahawks and several other teams to back off. The Baltimore Ravens had been rumored to even be interested due to losing starting tight end Dennis Pitta, but the filing of the insurance claim is at least one obstacle that has prevented it.
Still just 27 years old, Finley had personally declared himself healthy enough to play, but Packers team doctors did not give him a passing physical. With Green Bay unwilling to take a chance on Finley’s health and future off the football field, it looks like other NFL teams have followed suit.
End of a Solid Run
If Finley’s career is indeed over, it’d be the end of a once promising run. Finley had bouts with drops and fumbles in his career, but had been on the rise as an extremely athletic and versatile weapon at the tight end position. The 2011 season could ultimately go down as the peak of Finley’s career, when he hauled in 55 receptions for a career high 767 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
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