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Report: Jermichael Finley Meeting with Packers Doctor

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Report: Jermichael Finley Meeting with Packers Doctor

Jermichael Finley by Evan Habeeb—USA TODAY Sports.

Jermichael Finley by Evan Habeeb—USA TODAY Sports.

Per Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com:

This report comes on the heels of one earlier in the week from USA Today that Finley had undergone an MRI and CAT scan with the results being sent to all 32 NFL teams, including the Packers.

Nothing would appear imminent, but it makes sense that the more time that passes, the more healing could potentially take place in Finley's surgically-repaired spinal column.

The Packers may be taking one last look at Finley's medical records before considering whether to bring him in before the start of training camp.

Currently, the Packers have one spot open on their 90-man offseason roster ever since releasing injured running back Johnathan Franklin nearly a month ago.

Player report to training camp in Green Bay in just over a week, Friday July 25 with the first practice to take place the following day.

The Steelers apparently made multiple offers to Finley earlier in the offseason, which the free agent tight end says he hasn't yet accepted.

"Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be," Finley is quoted as saying. "If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself …"

Finley has a disability insurance policy worth $10 million.

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Allan Murphy's picture

well what was said ?

HankScorpio's picture

It is a pretty strange disability insurance policy that would pay him off if he is medically cleared by a team and offered a contract, as Finley seems to indicate Pittsburgh has done.

Obviously, I'm not privy to the specific language of the policy but in plain English, if he is cleared to play and is offered a contract, he did not suffer a career-ending injury. He suffered an injury that impacted his worth on the open market. Those are hardly the same thing. I can't imagine a policy that guarantees "market conditions" for his next contract. If Finley's policy does include such guarantees, good for him. But I hope he has had a lawyer look at the fine print. Because any insurance company will look for a loophole to avoid paying out $10 mil.

COW's picture

Yeah - I stopped trying to figure any of this Finley stuff out a long time ago.
Boils down to this for me... he's never going to be the player he was... and the player he was, while seemingly filled with potential, was never anything special.

Good luck to him.
Hope things work out.
Don't see him every wearing Green and Gold again (well - maybe in Edmonton).

Stroh's picture

I consider Bishop to have suffered a career ending injury too. He came back and tried to play, but it dramatically affected his ability and ultimately led to another injury, which is very common after the surgery/injury he had. And a hamstring injury, while his was devastating, isn't any thing nearly as severe as a neck injury

JimTaylor31's picture

I like Finley and wish him the best. But given his injury history and the fact that the Packers need to get healthier means it's time to cut ties. The team simply has to move on with players that can be counted on to be available when needed. Finley just doesn't fit this criteria.

Evan's picture

I'm not firmly in the "Packers or nothing" camp in regards to Finley.

And I'd put his chances of returning at 35-65.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

If he makes it back to football ever would be something, to make it back with the Pack is another thing.

Nashville Packer's picture

From a business decision, Finley should retire and take the money. Set aside the clear medical risk of playing again, I am skeptical he could clear $10 million in salary. If he was my friend, I'd tell him to concentrate on family and invest his money wisely.

Stroh's picture

Reallly? He made 16M in the last 2 years in GB. Why would he have trouble clearing 10M in 2 or 3 years? I think once he proven able to play a full season after the neck injury his value would go up dramatically. That would earn him a salary of over 6M per. Seems he could clear the 10M easily once he proves he can make it thru a season w/ no neck issues.

aManOfTheNorth's picture

According to the lawyers here, it's 10 million tax free. Plus he doesn't have to put himself back in to the slaughterhouse. Seems like a no brainer to walk away...but....

Stroh's picture

but... He loves the game and WANTS to keep playing. Not so easy to walk away from the game you love when you know you can still play. One thing for teams not to be interested due to lack of ability/age, but Finley is still a quality TE.

On another note, I read that the insurance policy pays as long as he doesn't play in more than 4 games in the NFL after the injury.

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