Jermichael Finley has made it known in the past few weeks that he not only intends to continue his NFL career next year, but he is willing to do so outside of Green Bay.
Finley mentioned during Super Bowl week that he wouldn’t have any issues signing with the Seahawks and yesterday we posted an article in which Giants S Antrel Rolle mentioned that he is recruiting Finley to New York.
Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, told the New York Post that his client would “love” to finish out his career with the Packers.
“Right now he is a Packer and I know he would love to play his entire career there,” Baratz said. “For the next five weeks or so they have his exclusive negotiation rights. If it doesn’t work out in Green Bay for whatever reason then I believe there are a number of teams that could use a talent like Jermichael.”
Finley, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks and has said that he has no intention of taking a reduced salary, despite concerns regarding his future health.
It will be interesting to see what the Packers elect to do regarding Finley given that they don’t have a clear-cut replacement on their roster. Although, Green Bay is believed to be high on Brandon Bostick.
It’s not often that quality young tight ends are available, but his fusion surgery will most likely be a concern that could force him to sign a one-year incentive based contract, even though he expects to secure a long-term deal.
We have Finley tentatively listed as the No. 69 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.