During the Super Bowl, Giants’ outspoken safety Antrel Rolle sat next to Packers’ free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley, and the two talked about potentially playing together as members of Big Blue.
Rolle commented on what a talented player Finley is and that he could really help the 2014 Giants.
Jim Mancari, ContributorI couldn’t agree more, Antrel.
Finley would instantly give the Giants the big tight end target they lacked all season in Brandon Myers.
Granted, Myers was needed more so as a blocker because the offensive line tanked, but this is a franchise that has had a strong history of tight ends, and Myers just did not fit the bill.
Finley however does come with his question marks. The 26-year-old was limited to just 25 catches in six games last year before being forced to undergo spinal fusion surgery in November – missing the rest of the season.
In three of the four seasons prior to 2013, Finley caught at least 55 passes. However, his 2010 season was also shortened by injury – playing in just five games due to a season-ending knee injury.
One factor the Giants may have in their favor in trying to land Finley is that former Packers’ quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo will be implementing his system as Giants’ offensive coordinator.
Maybe Finley will be looking for this familiarity as he recovers from injury. But then again, this is the NFL – whoever offers Finley the most money is likely where he will wind up.
Hopefully, other teams will balk at his injury history, paving the way for the Giants to sign him to a manageable contract.
Rolle said that Finley would add a fiery spark to the Giants’ offense that the unit lacked all of last season. Finley meanwhile told Rolle that he’d love to be part of the Giants.
This seems like the perfect match, but can the Giants make it happen? Let’s hope so.
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