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Jermichael Finley | Tight End

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 247
College: Texas
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The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "had conversations" with free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery).
Joe Philbin spent four seasons as Finley's offensive coordinator in Green Bay. The Fins "could have interest" in Finley if he receives clearance to resume his career, but "other teams have been more proactive," per beat writer Barry Jackson. Finley is undergoing X-rays and an MRI on his neck over the next week. Finley previously failed a physical during a March visit to the Seahawks. Apr 13 - 4:06 PM

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Free agent Jermichael Finley (neck) will undergo X-rays and an MRI in the next two weeks.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the test results will then be shared with interested teams. Although it's possible he'll receive good news, Finley remains without a timetable to gain full clearance.
Apr 8 - 6:09 PM

A source tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that the Seahawks failed free agent Jermichael Finley (neck) on his physical.

This is in line with recent reports that Finley is at least two months away from signing with an NFL team. Although his surgeon is expected to proclaim the tight end healthy, it doesn't mean NFL teams will sign off. Finley is roughly four months removed from surgery to fuse his C-3/C-4 vertebrae.
Mar 24 - 8:54 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants could be a landing spot for free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) if they fail to find a tight end in the draft.

The Giants currently have Adrien Robinson atop their depth chart, but are expected to add competition through the draft or free agency. Despite his immense upside, Robinson has appeared in just three career games and still has to earn an offensive role. Finley has yet to be medically cleared and is "at least two months" from signing with an NFL team.
Mar 22 - 3:44 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) is "at least two months" and "maybe several months more" from signing a deal with an NFL team.

Sources tell reporter Bob McGinn that Finley's early-free agency visit to Seattle ended in the Seahawks telling Finley to "stay in touch," with hopes that the passage of time would "presumably mean additional healing" for his bruised spinal cord. Finley underwent spinal fusion surgery on November 14. His market has been silent since the Seattle visit. It's more interesting than noteworthy that Finley would collect a $10 million tax-free insurance policy were he to never play football again. Finley turns 27 years old next week.
Mar 21 - 2:43 PM

Profootballtalk reports there’s "no timetable" for free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) to gain full medical clearance.

Finley is still expected to ultimately be cleared, but is in a "holding pattern." Finley visited the Seahawks last week, but hasn't scheduled any other trips. Seattle isn't expected to make an offer until Finley's neck gets the green light.
Mar 18 - 10:08 PM

Free agent Jermichael Finley left his Seahawks visit without a contract, but the sides have "mutual interest" in a deal.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks are waiting for Finley to gain full medical clearance from his neck surgery before signing him. Finley hasn't scheduled any other visits, and it's possible his Seattle signing is a formality upon getting the green light health-wise.
Mar 13 - 2:03 PM

The Seahawks will put free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) through a vigorous physical Wednesday.

Finley isn't just going to be chatting with coaches and living off his old game tape. The Seahawks are going to want to see if his neck is healed and what the risks will be in signing him. It will be a telling physical as if Finley is truly 100 percent, he'd immediately become one of the hotter free agents still available. There aren't many tight ends with his skill set.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 11 - 8:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks will be free agent Jermichael Finley's first visit.

Finley has still not been medically cleared but seems likely to play in 2014. Turning 27 later this month, Finley is at the top of a weak tight end market, but is unlikely to receive anything more than one-year offers due to his health concerns. Still, his unique athleticism as a pass-catcher gives him special upside.
Mar 11 - 5:08 PM

Although free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) has not received medical clearance, he is expected to begin making "multiple visits" this week.

Finley has been hoping to be medically cleared by Tuesday. Even if he doesn't formally get it, Finley is expected to begin visiting teams and taking physicals in hopes of landing a deal. Finley turns 27 later this month. He is at the top of a weak tight end market, but will probably only get one-year offers.
Mar 10 - 4:08 PM

The Boston Globe reports free agent Jermichael Finley is drawing interest from the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, Giants, and Steelers.

We're not remotely disputing the report, but it certainly sounds like it came directly from the mouth of Finley's agent. Finley has not been medically cleared to play football after last year's spinal fusion surgery. He does hope to receive clearance by early next week. If Finley gets the green light, he should be seeking one-year, "prove-it" deals. He's still only 27 years old.
Mar 7 - 3:17 PM

According to Profootballtalk.com, free agent Jermichael Finley's medical clearance from neck surgery "could be coming very soon."

Finley's primary doctor and neurosurgeon have been out of the country, but return on Friday. Per PFT, the "goal" of Finley's camp is to receive clearance by Tuesday, when free agency begins. Still only 27 years old, Finley's market could be busy if he indeed gets the green light. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported late last month that there's already a "healthy market forming" for Finley.
Mar 5 - 8:55 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports there's a "healthy market forming" for free agent Jermichael Finley.

This is obviously an agent-driven report, so take it with a grain of salt. The good news is, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last Friday that he was "very open and optimistic" about Finley's recovery. Finley's agent said earlier this month that he could be cleared within the next two months. Barring a setback, we're likely to see Finley back on an NFL field in 2014.
Feb 25 - 6:40 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is "very open and optimistic" about free agent Jermichael Finley's return from his neck injury.

Finley is recovering from the same spinal-fusion surgery that former Packers S Nick Collins underwent, but is apparently making far better progress. "(The Packers team doctor) doesn't feel the same way about Jermichael as he felt about Nick," McCarthy said. "So I'm very open and optimistic about Jermichael coming back. I think the specifics of their injuries are different." Finley isn't considered likely to re-sign with the Packers, but is Rotoworld's No. 3 free agent tight end.
Feb 21 - 2:58 PM

Player rep Blake Baratz says Dr. Joseph Maroon believes free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) should be fully healed "sometime in the next 4-8 weeks."

Maroon, the Steelers' neurosurgeon, performed Finley's neck fusion surgery and recently said there's a "99.9 percent" chance Finley will make a full recovery. Each of the 32 teams in the NFL is going to have its own opinion on Finley, but Baratz expects the soon-to-be 27-year-old to have an active market. The Packers are considered "pretty unlikely" to re-sign Finley. Finley is our No. 3 free-agent tight end, behind Jimmy Graham and Dennis Pitta.
Feb 13 - 8:53 AM

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