On Thursday, NBC Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has not received medical clearance from his primary doctor and neurosurgeon. The Giants, who voided the contract of last season’s starter, Brandon Myers, could have interest in the Packers’ star, but only at the right price.
Florio writes, “Finley’s primary doctor and his neurosurgeon currently are out of the country, but they will return on Friday. The goal is to get Finley cleared by Tuesday, so that he can participate in free agency when it opens.”
Current Giants safety Antrel Rolle hosted Finley at Super Bowl XLVIII, and there were reports that Rolle was trying his best to woo Finley into signing with Big Blue.
All the speculation becomes a moot point if Finley is not cleared by his doctors, and the seriousness of his injury (neck surgery) would also seem to preclude a lucrative and long-term contract offer from Big Blue.
But if Finley were willing to accept a lower offer with incentives, then he would be a good fit for the G-men. He should be very familiar with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and the new offensive scheme the Giants will employ most certainly be at least a by-product of Green Bay’s system.
Currently, the Giants have Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Bear Pascoe and futures contract signee Daniel Fells at the tight end spot. Pascoe may have run his course with New York because he is not a threat in the receiving game, as well as being an unrestricted free agent.
Of the others, Robinson was in for one play in the regular season before getting hurt against Detroit, and Donnell was not impressive as a route runner or blocker.
Fells is a 30 year-old veteran whose played previously with St. Louis, Denver and New England and spent the 2013 NFL season out of football after he was one of the final cuts of the New England Patriots. Overall, he has played in 71 career games and made 92 catches for 1,086 yards with eight touchdowns. At 6-4, 260 lbs., Fells has the size that New York prefers in its tight ends.
Even if Finley was cleared by doctors by Tuesday, it would be hard to imagine that teams would be in a hurry to get him under contract. If the former Miami Hurricane remains on the market for a prolonged period, then the Giants may become a buyer under an affordable short-term deal.