Dec 23, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley drawing interest from Steelers, Raiders

The NFL career of Jermichael Finely doesn’t appear to be nearing an end as he was medically cleared to resume football activities and is now going around the NFL trying to drum up interest in what talents he has left.

Should Finley return to form, then he’s one of the best tight ends in football but if his neck injury hampers him, then he’ll be nothing more than a shell of his former self — which still isn’t all that bad.

According to Ian Rapoport, there is at least some interest in Finley on the open market as the Oakland Raiders continue to circle the tight end and the Pittsburgh Steelers called him in to meet with team doctors.

We’ve also heard over the past week that the Green Bay Packers aren’t totally closed off to the idea of re-signing him and the New England Patriots are showing an interest in Finley as well.

All of the interest though depends on how well his neck and spine are healed. Finley took a nasty shot against the Browns last season and there was doubt that he’d ever be able to walk again, let alone play football. That’s not something that teams are just brushing past in order to shake his hand, as there will need to be serious medical evaluation on an individual basis before a contract is offered.

Still, the future is starting to get brighter and brighter by the day for Finley which is not a bad thing to see.

Tags: Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders Pittsburgh Steelers

  • joe VICE

    I think it was against the Bengals where he took the nasty hit.

  • Bob

    Let us know when he visits the Raiders. Otherwise it is a non story for us Raider fans.

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  • Chris Schroeder

    To sort of reiterate what Bob was saying. Please let us know when he visits with the Raiders or better yet signs with the Raiders. A guy like that if he is in fact 100% football ready would be exactly what we would need to go along with the other three tight ends we have competing. Schaub loves him some tightends. Well… Don’t we all, but in Schaubs case he really does like “throwing the football” to his tight ends. Of course if he is drawing some interest from teams like Green Bay and the patriots then why would he want to come to a rebuilding team like Oakland I would have to ask myself. Money? But will the Raiders be able to offer him enough money and would he be worth the money they were to offer him being that he is coming off a serious injury? These are questions I would have as a raider fan. Anyways, that’s for the department heads to decide. I personally see a lot of potential in the tightends that the Raiders have and think now that they have a good quarterback. Would they really need Finley? Like I said, if he is 100% healthy he would definitely be a nice addition. But, a necessity I’m not convinced.

    • KloverJane

      Part of me wants the guy on the roster. The other wants our current TE s to not be riding the pine either. Assuming they would be retained. Blah. Catch 22.

  • Joshua Giovannone

    Honestly hoping the Steelers can get him and with the cap space gained from the Woodley release we should have enough space.

  • PJ_CA

    Let the Raiders take him, I have no interest in watching someone suffer a life altering injury while playing