Jermichael Finley Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Two reasons why Jermichael Finley won't be back in Green Bay: Nelson and Cobb

Jermichael Finley … that’s a name that results in a couple of different reactions from fans of the Green Bay Packers.

Finley, the-never-afraid-t0-say-what-he-thinks free agent tight end whose career is still in limbo, has been tied to several teams that may want to employ him – if he’s healthy enough to get back on the field.

In addition to the Packers, Finley has been tied to the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers’ team doctor, Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, who also doubles as Finley’s personal doctor, has cleared him to play football once again.

The Packers’ doctors have not cleared Finley and there doesn’t seem to be any pending announcement coming out of Green Bay.

Jermichael Finley Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jermichael Finley
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

But that doesn’t mean Finley isn’t still being considered by the Packers. Most likely, they are biding their time to see how Finley does on the open market and are waiting for the market to play out.

In the meantime, Finley has been positive about his future and priorities. Here are a couple of recent tweets by Finley:




Here’s what Chris Wesselling of said about Finley and the teams who have an interest in him:

The New England Patriots hosted Finley for a visit last Friday. The Packers still envision the tight end playing in Green Bay if his surgically repaired neck checks out. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders have also shown interest in Finley. In fact, Rapoport adds that the free agent has visited the Steelers and been cleared by their team doctor, who also doubles as Finley’s doctor.

With the Packers facing the need to re-sign both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, as well as the fact that the team is a bit more stable with the re-signing of Andrew Quarless, one wonders just how much the Packers want to pursue the mercurial Finley.

My hope is that they move on, utilize their money wisely on the healthy and productive Nelson and Cobb, and that they develop the tight ends they have on the roster.

Why take a chance on Finley? He’s damaged goods who is going to want more than he is worth.

If he hadn’t suffered this injury, Finley most likely would have moved on for the big paycheck at the beginning of the free agency period back in March. The injury has slowed the process and Finley will most likely land somewhere at some point.

I don’t see him back in Green Bay in 2014, but I surely would like to see him play again … 

Just so it isn’t in Minnesota.

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