Jermichael Finley: Packers should remain #FinleyStrong

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Will the Green Bay Packers bring back Jermichael Finley? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Will the Green Bay Packers bring back Jermichael Finley?
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

If and when Jermichael Finley is cleared to play professional football again I think it would be a wise decision for the Green Bay Packers to keep him in house at least one more season.

It’s hard to make a case that a football team is better without a guy who has 223 catches averaging 12.5 yards per catch for his career. The last few seasons since 2010 have not been kind to him on the injury front but this is a player who never missed a game while at Texas.

Andrew Quarless is a solid starter should Jermichael Finley not come back to the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Andrew Quarless is a solid starter should Jermichael Finley not come back to the Packers.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The first thing many fans will bring to light is Finley’s case of the drops he has from time to time. If you look at the competition and pressure he has had behind him on the depth chart it is nearly nonexistent.

With the combination, the Packers could go with of the likes of Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and now Richard Rodgers. It would surely hold Finley in check and bolster his attitude and work ethic. Both Quarless and Bostick proved they could be fairly reliable options in Finley’s absence, which was an unknown before.

However, the price would have to be right and it would be difficult to commit to more than a single-year deal. If Finley does leave the fold and returns to form or as a better player than he previously was for an NFC rival such as the Seahawks, it would not benefit the Packers in the least.

If you follow Finley on Twitter there is no doubt he has been working extremely hard to rehab his body and get back to the game he loves. Safety is always first and foremost but if Finley is cleared with no possible further damage that could be linked to the injury sustained this season the Packers should welcome him back.

One of the glaring flaws of the 2013-14 Green Bay Packers was their inability to score in the red zone. Jermichael Finley would no doubt positively influence that statistic and help bring up a young tight end to one day fill his void.

In 2014 the Packers should remain #FinleyStrong.

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