5 Teams That Could Sign TE Jermichael Finley
The Seattle Seahawks tried out former Green Bay Packers tight end recently but have since decided to pass on the talented tight end. Despite being in need for an extra play-maker in their passing game, Seattle clearly wasn’t up for taking a chance on Finley’s surgically repaired neck, despite being cleared by doctors.
While the defending Super Bowl champs won’t be taking that risk, someone surely will. Finley is a high risk, high reward free agent who could dramatically impact an offense thanks to his scary blend of size, speed and overall athleticism.
He has dealt with his fair share of drops and mental lapses, but overall offers an excellent weapon all over the field.
With that, let’s take a look at five realistic landing spots for Finley as he tries to complete his comeback:
New York Giants
Adrien Robinson is currently slated to be Eli Manning’s top tight end. Do I really go on? When you downgrade from Brandon Myers, you know you’re in rough shape. The G-Men are absolutely in the running for Finley, and it might just come down to them and a couple other teams. Finley would easily be New York’s most talented tight end since Jeremy Shockey.
New England Patriots
Aaron Hernandez is in jail and Rob Gronkowski might not even be ready for week one (knee). Even if he is, he is routinely hurt now and the Pats can’t keep counting on him to be some indestructible stud. Finley would at the very worst give them a new “move” tight end like Hernandez was, and if The Gronk struggles to regain form or gets hurt again, he can step up and be a quality starter.
Tony Gonzalez is gone and the Falcons haven’t done a whole lot to address the real need at tight end. It does seem that they are excited about using more three and four wide receiver sets, but having a steady tight end option with notable upside does nothing but help the offense. You can bet Matt Ryan wouldn’t mind it. Then again, perhaps Atlanta thinks Gonzalez might return for one more year, after all.
Kansas City Chiefs
How good could KC’s offense be if they had a legit tight end? Short of crossing their fingers that Travis Kelce suddenly emerges in his second season, they need a lot of help at the position. Finley can stretch the field and really open things up for the running game, while also giving Alex Smith a red-zone target and arguably his best overall weapon down the field.
Green Bay Packers
Last, but certainly not least, is Finley’s former team. Finley spent his entire career with the green and gold and up until his neck injury, seemed to finally be “getting it”. There were quiet talks about a new contract and more confidence in Finley’s role and ability than ever. Green Bay still could make a play for Finley if they’re confident in his neck, but they did bring in undrafted rookie Colt Lyerla and also spent a draft pick on a tight end. It’s not guarantee, but Finley to the Packers is one realistic option to monitor.
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