The Jermichael Finley saga rages on, as the star TE seeks to gain medical clearance on his surgically-repaired neck. From Rotoworld:
Free agent Jermichael Finley (neck) will undergo another round of tests Wednesday, and will send the results to all 32 teams.
Finley hopes to have a job when most training camps open next week, and points to the Packers as his most likely landing spot, though the Steelers have made an offer. “It’s all a waiting game,” Finley said. “Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain’t what it’s supposed to be. If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that’s a difficult thing that I’m going through with myself.” If Finley were to never play another down in the NFL, he can collect $10 million. He plans to bypass that and continue his career.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants have approximately $6.875 in cap space. Whether or not that will be enough to sign Finley, should he be deemed healthy, remains to be seen. I’m guessing his price is more in the $3 million per year range due to the nature of his injury, but you never know.
If Finley gets cleared, expect teams to come out of the woodwork with offers. There are a slew of teams with tons of cap space that could easily match – or better – any offer the Giants or Packers conjure up.
Let’s also be clear that Finley has not had a minicamp and if he misses any part of training camp, which begins next week, he’ll be significantly behind the curve. He could get low-balled salary-wise and decide to take his $10 million and run.
That being said, Finley is familiar with both the Packers and the Giants’ offensive systems and would likely lean towards signing with a team that where he can fit in. The Giants right now are still looking for one of their in-house candidates to emerge and win the TE job, but they may not wait and pounce on Finley when he becomes available.
The Packers are not exactly starving at TE. They re-signed Andrew Quarless, used a third-round draft pick on Cal’s Richard Rodgers and signed Oregon’s Colt Lyerla in the UDFA market.