Aug 23, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots To Sign Jermichael Finley?

A few days ago, former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley came to Foxboro for a visit with the New England Patriots. Finley missed most of the 2013 season because of a bad neck injury, but against all odds, it looks like he will be playing football again. (From Rob Demovsky of ESPN)

The free-agent tight end visited the New England Patriots last Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. The trip to Foxborough came less than a week after Finley was in Green Bay to check in with the Packers’ team doctors.

Finley has reportedly been cleared by the doctor who performed his neck fusion surgery, Dr. Joseph Maroon. But the Packers’ doctors did not put Finley through the full battery of tests that would need to be done in order to clear him to return to the team.

Would Finley be a good fit in New England? I think so.

Obviously he has to prove that he can get over his injury, and produce on the field. But when he was healthy, he was one of the best tight ends in football. He is terrific in the pass game, as he utilized his combination of size and speed to take advantage of mismatches all game long. The combination of him, and Rob Gronkowski would be devastating to opposing defenses.

Of course, Gronk is dealing with injury issues of his own, so I don’t know if Bill Belichick would want to add another tight end with healthy problems.

I think the Pats should take a chance on Finley. Do you agree? Sound off in the comments section with your opinion.

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  • Deneal Brown

    Although LaFell is an immediate upgrade from last year’s young WR corp and those guys have a year under their belts, if healthy then GRONK and J-FIN would be lethal and also provide some incentive to bring in or trade for possibly 1 more veteran WR. Better than Brady / Moss connection.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Ehh, I don’t know about better than Brady and Moss. That was all-time great. But a healthy Gronk and Finley would do some considerable damage as a duo.

  • Nicolas Stecher

    Amazing addition, as good as we can hope for right now. Not drafting a TE was the most head shaking element of the draft, but maybe they knew they were gonna do this the entire time…? IF HEALTHY these guys will be monsters. If 1 gets hurt we’ll still be above average. If both get hurt? We better hope Lafell, KT and Dobson emerge as end zone threats…

    • Cyrus Geller

      Dobson is the key to all of this. Need him to make that second year jump.

      • Nicolas Stecher

        I may be alone in this, but I really like KT’s game. One of the biggest mysteries to me of the 2013 campaign was his disappearance (by coaching decision, seems like) in the middle to second half. Injury? BB’s Dog house? Not sure, but I think he could be a dark horse for us… Either that, or be cut by end of camp! LOL! You never know with His Darkship…

  • Willy

    Personally I’m a bit concerned that they keep bringing in certain players and yet no one has signed, why? I wonder if Bill is low balling his offers and even though these guys havent had alot of play contract wise they feel disrespected by the offer. I just wish Bill would sign a TE and be done with it, its maddening.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Certainly a plausible situation. BB is the type of coach to do that. I wish they just get someone in as well. Need help there.

  • Jeff Warren

    J Fin/Gronk matchup would be as exciting to see as Hernandez/Gronk’s matchup. Concerns about those 2 staying healthy are very real. One thing I never see anybody talk about is the acquisition of Justin Jones 6’7″ 265+lb Rookie TE somethings gotta be said about a freakishly large TE who out of college is a decent reciever? (do i smell a Jimmy Graham in the making?)

  • Cristiano de Campos

    Sign him already!! Finley and Gronk would be better than Hernandez was there. They’d keep LBs on their heels making everything easier for Brady, the line, and run game; and they’re way too huge for CBs and safeties to deal with.
    + an improved D. You’re looking at SB favorites, just give the man a decent contract.
    And Brady has been carrying the whole team the last few years, look at all the help Peyton is getting. Cut the man a break so he can collect some more rings already.

  • NEMike2

    Sign him before it is too late. Stop sitting on it.