Should the Dolphins bring in TE Jermichael Finley ?

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The Miami Dolphins’ TE position isn’t exactly solidified, as I covered extensively here {link to TE Analysis story}. This is why the Dolphins brought in Jermichael Finley, a former Green Bay Packers star TE who Dolphins’ HC Joe Philbin knows extensively from their days together with the Packers.

This seems like it would be a no-brainer reunion, but Finley suffered an upper spinal cord injury that nearly left him paralyzed last season and is still not yet cleared for football contact.

This complicates negotiations for Finley. Finley has over 200 catches and 20 touchdowns in his six year career. The production is there, but the injury will likely lower all of the numbers on his contract (most important being guaranteed money and years on the deal).

Finley has been rehabbing hard to get back and had played at a pro bowl before his injury. Despite his very troubling neck issues, the Dolphins should take a stab at Finley. He is only 27 years old, would likely come relatively cheap (with a huge warning label), and would at the very least provide more veteran leadership, something the Dolphins are stocking up on this offseason, and competition in the TE room.

The Dolphins lost those two things, as well as a lot of production when Keller went down. Signing Finley fills these voids, but it can also be done by resigning Keller. Either way the Dolphins must roll the dice on a man who suffered a gruesome injury, but I’d be putting my money into Finley merely because he is younger and provides more of a redzone threat.

No matter which signing does happen, the Dolphins will still likely draft a TE in this May’s NFL Draft.


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