“I said it once before, I want to be a Packer for life,” Finley said. “But we all know this is a business and the Packers are going to take it as a business but at the same time, I was playing at a high level when I got injured. But at the end of the day, I can go give any team what they need and take them to the promised land, I can guarantee you that.”
Should that not work out, however, Finley specifically mentioned that he would have interest in joining the Seahawks.
“I mean there’s a couple of teams I would love and would be on the first flight out to play with but like I said the Packers are going to come at me with something and I’m going to go to them first and see what they’ve got and if it’s not I would love to be on the first flight out to good old Seattle,” Finley said.
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.
As for the Seahawks, they could actually use some extra help at tight end, but they have a number of players to address this offseason including free agents like DE Michael Bennett and WR Golden Tate among others. Richard Sherman will enter the final year of his contract, so they’ll need to have a plan in place to prevent him from hitting the open market.
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 sign a long-term contract.
We have Finley tentatively listed as the No. 71 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.