Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is tackled by Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas (26) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency 2014: New York Giants, Antrel Rolle recruiting Jermichael Finley

There was some doubt a few months ago as to whether or not Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley would ever walk again let alone play football. But after recovering from a spinal injury he suffered in a game against the Cleveland Browns this past season, Jermichael Finley is looking for a contract on the free agent market and is already garnering some attention.

After reports that Seattle may be interested in him, Tom Rock from Newsday is reporting that Antrel Rolle is trying to recruit Finley to join the New York Giants in 2014.

“Actually, we were recruiting each other,” Rolle said Tuesday night at the Thurman Munson awards dinner, where he was being honored. “He said that he would love to be a part of the Giants. Going up against this guy for a number of years now, I said I would love for him to be a part of the Giants so we don’t have to face him.”

Finley isn’t looking to take a pay cut no matter where he goes, which means his days in Green Bay are likely over. He may not get the contract he wants on the open market, but landing in New York and giving Eli Manning a big weapon seems to be an option that will be considered more and more the closer we get to free agency.


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  • JaKa

    Losing Jermichael Finley isn’t as bad as it sounds Josh. Sure, he came through a few times in clutch situations throughout the year but he has a penchant for sitting out too. Looking at his attendance on Sundays over that past few years, he’s not taking his vitamins or something.During the past 6 years, Finley played in 70 games and sat out 25, which is near missing 23% (roughly counting) of his games. For the NFL that’s not good attendance, in fact, next to Brett, it stinks. There also has been some things that didn’t sit well with the brass too, for a player thats rated about a “B” under old school grading, the team would keep him if he was doing everything else right. Take Kuhn for example, kept around for doing all things as good as he could, but never would be an “A+” talent. In his best year he caught 61 passes in 16 and had two years with 55. The rest of his total yearly output was 6 receptions as a rookie and 25 last year, out most games again.

    Then to look at the type of injury he sustained last year, I said to myself on just reading the reports, that’s it for him, he’s out of football. But, I am wrong every few decades, and that was one of them. Spinal damage is devastating because it can fool you. Some injuries do not produce pain, a signal to cause alarm built into us, while other injuries only microns away cause pain great enough to bring out the sweats. Nerve damage will restructure itself if not continuously hampered. I know, I’ve been through treatment for the past forty years of spinal problems that in the end left me unable to walk much farther than across the street without support from a cane or whatever. His best bet would be to quit, but the lust of money in our society puts him back out there, waiting for a human spear to put him out of commission again. I just wish him well to take the Giants money, and not get hurt for a year. He’s only had two complete 16 game seasons out of 6 years, not good enough for most teams. A major threat? I don’t think so Josh, maybe 80 or 90 catches with the standard being 100 now, but he’s down the totem pole a bit from that/