Rolle wants Finley, who would be a great fit with Big Blue

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, Contributor

I 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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23 comments
mike23
mike23

shouldn't they just waive both and pick up someone else

thehoopguy
thehoopguy

travis wear is a nice player but what position can he play? the knicks should've signed a player like quincy miller with some real upside and athleticism.

jimm1200
jimm1200

Again with the Football comments leaking to TKB to fill up the numbers???

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Two words: Dennis Pitta...Quarless would be #2.

Those of you mentioning Graham. That is a pipe dream. Just forget about it.

matt520
matt520

Andrew quarless. long island kid, played under McAdoo, young and full of potential. get it done

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

If we sign Finley who's gonna play tight end the 11 games he'll probably miss?

frankly
frankly

Everyone seems to be talking about a TE upgrade whether FA or Draft. I agree they need to do something but wonder why they held Robinson, "the JPP of TE's", on the roster for 2 years if he's not the answer. The other guy Donnell used primarily as a blocker looked like he did his job. Maybe he can catch as well. Hate to see resources, money or draft picks wasted.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Finley, DROPs too many Passes,

is hurt Often...

will cost Way to MUCH,

... the CLOWN, doesn't have the Cash...


rico
rico

I guess Antre isn't endorsing Myers?



homerjay
homerjay

Please no more injury prone players unless they come at a steep discount.

rico
rico

@thehoopguy he's got game and he seems to have effortlessly assimilated the triangle which not many on the team have.   I can see why Fisher and Jax dig him.



Rocco Gandolfo
Rocco Gandolfo

The new collective bargaining agreement does not allow 2 quincys on one roster. The Travis thing worked itself out.

donche
donche

I think the Knicks will stay away from low IQ players...quincy is more talented for sure but he lacks feel for the game.

1harris1
1harris1

@jimm1200  Whatever works on this site.  I'm just bummed that we won't get anymore posts about how well Orlando Sanchez fits into the triangle.

spider43
spider43

@Peter Sinapi  ... Any of the above would be good, but the Ravens aren't going to be letting Pitta go, just as the Saints aren't going to let Graham go either.

Richard George Novotny III
Richard George Novotny III

@frankly

@franklySad Part is Reese, who drafts alot based on projection - has forced us to carry players who don't contribute.


Jernigan (until Cruz's injury) and Robinson are two prime examples. We've been forced to hold onto them because we drafted them both high (3rd rounders I believe) yet they've taken rosters spaces while doing little more than play special teams.


I get that Coughlin doesn't like playing rookies, but if you force your way onto the field, he'll play you.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@frankly I still believe the Giants are high on both Robinson and Donnell, however; in the NFL, the need for at least 3 solid TE's is apparent. Personally, I do not see the Giants and Finley being a good match, unless Finley takes a huge pay cut to re-establish himself as a premier TE in the NFL.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@lovettmarvin @GiantsTalkLine Good point. The saints have roughly $5m in cap space with other players on their roster who are FA and are valuable as well. Now there's probably less than a 1% chance that Graham is not tag and if that's the case, the Giants should at the very least inquire.

rico
rico

@1harris1 Harris he'll wind up in Westchester and when the Knicks call him up you'll hear exactly that.

spider43
spider43

@Michael Stewart....  Finley plays more than Robinson ever has, so sign me up for that, and dump Myers.