Jermichael Finley: Packers should remain #FinleyStrong

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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  • Nick Hesterly

    It depends on many factors. Most importantly, his neck and willingness to play for near vet min. I’m guessing one, or the other will prevent him from signing.

    • Phillip

      He’s not gonna play for vet minimum, n other teams will offer him far more than that. If he’s cleared, a Raji type contract is what you can expect to see, 1 year 4 or 5 mil, no team is gonna want to go too high or for longer than 1 year, but thinking he should take a vet minimum is ridiculous. I highly doubt Ted Thompson would insult him with that either, Green Bay is still sitting on 15+ in cap room, probably be down to around 11 after rookie deals so the money is available to bring him back on a 1 year 4-5 mil deal. I guaranteee the Finley uncertainty is what has delayed the Nelson n Cobb deals.

      • Nick Hesterly

        You don’t simply give a player with a significant neck injury, and underachiever 4-5m per season. BJ Raji was a position of need, and has shown at NT he Is a talented player. If he does not take near vet min Ted Thompson will not bite IMO.. In addition, with deals looming for both Nelson and Cobb they’ll likely need al of the 11m+.

        • Ross

          Finley isn’t really an underachiever…just for the record. He won’t play for vet minimum though. Someone with cap room will take a one year flier on him for 3 or 4 mil. What do they have to lose?

          • David Wendorf

            What does TT have to lose at this point? They still have cap space even if they resign Cobb and Nelson this year. Saving cap money doesn’t do a thing for them. Use what you have. And TE is definitely a position of need for the Pack. Its fine to have ball control TEs like Quarless and Bostic, but neither of them can stretch the field/be a deep threat like Finley.

        • Phillip

          Underachiever?? Yeah, maybe if you’re setting the bar at Jimmy Graham, other than that he’s been fairly solid for a TE. And minus the neck injury Finleys an 8 mil a year player, you don’t get that for chump change just because he’s coming off injury, n Thompson is gonna understand that and if he wasn’t willing to offer him a fair deal around the 4 mil mark he would have already made it clear that GB was moving on, and if he don’t want to go enough, Finley will find a team willing to offer him a 1 year deal in the 4 mil range, if his injury don’t hold him back you get double the moneys worth, if his injury is a problem, no harm done because its just a year. And as for being a need, our TE need hasn’t changed after adding a project like Richard Rodgers, I have confidence in Quarless but a lot of people don’t n think we need Finley, so it all depends on how TT looks at cause we don’t have a 3 down TE on the roster like Finley unless Quarless really steps up. And as for the remaining cap, Nelson n Cobb wont affect this year unless TT restructures their current deal into their extensions.

  • Josh McPeak

    Thanks for the read guys. I agree a league minimum contract would probably be insulting. Finley I’m sure would be willing to sign a one year reduced contract if and when he is cleared for football. I would love to see that back with the Packers as it gives them an athletic threat at the TE position. His long term quality of life is number one as a father and husband but I hope he can one day put on the pads with no added risk of further injury.

  • David Wendorf

    I agree with the article, Pack should try to sign Finley if he’s cleared for around the $6mil/yr mark.