There are two veteran tight ends coming off of injuries that could certainly help any team around the league in former Green Bay Packers’ tight end Jermichael Finley and former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins’ tight end Dustin Keller.
Keller blew out his knee last season, tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL while Finley suffered what looked to be a devastating neck injury. Despite a visit to the New England Patriots, the news has been relatively quiet on the Keller front, but the news is heating up regarding Finley.
The Seattle Seahawks, who had a Finley in for a visit recently, have decided against signing him.
Finley visited Seattle early in free agency, where his neck was checked out by doctors. The Sehawks had ongoing interest, and they were regarded to be one of the leading candidates to sign Finley.
Even though he has received clearance from Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh neurologist who fused the C3-C4 vertebrates in Finley’s neck, the doctors employed by an interested team also must clear him. For the Seahawks, it won’t get to that; they have decided to pull the plug on efforts to sign Finley.
There have recently been rumors that Finley “could be on the Patriots’ radar” and another reported suggested they could sign either Finley or Keller in the near future while many believe Finley visited the Patriots over the weekend.
According to Adam Caplan of ESPN’s NFL Insiders and SiriusXM Radio, Finley did indeed visit the Patriots.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) June 2, 2014
Finley had 25 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns before suffering a neck injury. He has 223 catches for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career.