Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy went down with an injured achilles, likely putting a sure-fire backup out for the season. The Jermichael Finley brouhaha would typically ensue, but Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio was told by a league source the the Seahawks are still uninterested in Finley.
They had visited with the tight end, who had his vertebrae in his kneck fused, but decided to end the discussions when they resigned their starter Zach Miller.
Chris Crabtree explained that one large deterrent for any team trying to decide whether to sign Finley will be his $10 million insurance policy. If he has to retire from football for injury reasons, the team that has him under contract must pay him that sum. The Seahawks are already dealing with some on-roster issues with Marshawn Lynch and probably “can’t give Finley enough money to provide incentive to forgo a claim on his insurance policy,” writes Crabtree.
Seattles current list of tight ends include Zach Miller, Luke Wilson, Cooper Helfet and RaShaun Allen. The oft-metioned Dustin Keller is still available in free agency, but the Seahawks are covered with starters. If anything, they need a little depth at the position — not top level talent. The team also has a great deal of depth at receiver that could compensate for any lack thereof at tight end.
Barring any injuries to impact players, the Seahawks will likely stand content with their current pass catching depth chart with the exception of the constant juggling of undrafted free agent.