5 former Packers who could come out of retirement and still play

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Green Bay Packers, Jermichael Finley
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2. Jermichael Finley

Since the Packers lost Jermichael Finley halfway through the 2013 season, they have been unsuccessful in filling the void of a big athletic playmaker at the tight end position.

Jared Cook came close put was gone after half a year’s worth of games. Martellus Bennett didn’t even last that long and Jimmy Graham was a shell of himself.

Yes, Finley and Aaron Rodgers didn’t always get along, but I’m willing to bet Rodgers would love to have someone with Finley’s talent now. Finley hasn’t always been complimentary of Rodgers, but he is still probably the best tight end Rodgers has had.

The neck injury that ended Finley’s 2013 is the same injury that ended his career. The bruising of the spinal column added extra risk to not just his career but his well being.

Since then Finley got some interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers, coincidentally the team who’s doctor examined Finley, but he chose not to pursue that option. In 2015, Finley officially called it quits and stepped away from the game.

Anyone who keeps up with Finley on social media can see the guy is still in pretty good shape. At only 33 years of age, he still could have something to offer the game.

Finley was best when the ball was in the air or in his hands. His large frame made him a great target running down the middle of the field or in the red zone.

If Finley could produce anything close to his 2009 campaign, he could be the missing piece to get the offense in high gear.

I’m not sure what type of condition his neck is in, but if he was cleared and could go, he would be a great fit for the Packers.