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.