The Green Bay Packers have a lot of free salary cap space to play with in this off-season. But despite all that money, re-signing tight end Jermichael Finley doesn’t seem to be on the to-do list.
Two factors affecting Finley's chances are his recovery from injury and the Packers desire to re-sign other players first.
Finley suffered an incredibly nasty injury in October that ended his season after a hit from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson.
He suffered a neck injury and spent some time in the intensive care unit. Then he had surgery to fuse together his C3 and C4 vertebrae. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the matter today:
"It’s pretty unlikely Ted Thompson will re-sign Finley given he wouldn’t medically clear safety Nick Collins, who had the same neck injury.
If he can’t get Shields signed to a long-term deal, he can put a franchise tag on him for approximately $10 million. And if he can sign Shields (cornerback Sam), he could use the franchise tag on B.J Raji (defensive tackle) for maybe $9 million."
Other teams could also be cautious when it comes to signing Finley. The injury is a concern, and they would have to be comfortable that not only is he physically okay, but psychologically as well with catching passes over the middle and taking hits.
But at just 26 years old, Finley is a player with a tonne of upside and if he can get healthy, could become a big weapon for quite a few offensives in the League.