Ian Rapoport @RapSheet 5m
Technically visited Steelers team doc. RT @AaronNagler: Jermichael Finley has interest from the Raiders and visited Steelers, per @RapSheet.
Would not mind the depth at TE. He could work out nice and is young enough to stick around awhile.
Really a 2 year 8 Million deal with an injury clause I would take the risk if our staff passed him.
Levi Damien @LeviDamien 2m
Report: #Raiders have shown interest in TE Jermichael Finley http://sbn.to/SusbHu
The most interesting name on the free agent market right now is former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. He is just 27-years-old and is a season removed from being one of the best tight ends in the league. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end is still on the market because of a serious neck injury he suffered last season that required surgery.
A couple teams poked around him early in free agency but he went unsigned because he was not deemed completely recovered from the neck surgery. His doctor has cleared him to play but no NFL team, including his former team, the Packers, has stepped up to take on that risk.
Now NFL Network's Ian Rappoport is reporting the Raiders and the Steelers are both showing interest in signing Finley. The reason the Steelers have shown interest could be in large part due to Finley's doctor being their team doctor. The free agent tight end also visited the Patriots last week.
The reason for the suddenly uptick in interest could be due in part to the passing of June 1st. After that date any players signed by teams does not count against their overall total in regards to compensatory draft picks.
Finley also has a $10 million insurance policy so he will very likely be looking for a deal that trumps that figure to play again. The Raiders currently have over $10 million in 2014 cap space available and are looking to spend it. They also have some uncertainty at the tight end position with unproven David Ausberry as the projected starter and two 2013 sixth round picks Mychal Rivera and Nick Kasa behind him.
Reggie McKenzie was in Green Bay during most of Finley's career there and the Raiders have added James Jones who played along side him with the Packers. If the Raiders really want him, there's no reason they can't get him.
Sign him up and let the best players get the final spots.
Would be cool signing Finley and playing Finley, Rivera with Ausberry playing some ST and kept around just in case.
See ya Kasa best of luck on the market
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I see no reason not to take a flyer if Finley shares mutual interest. The risk is negligible and the reward could be significant.
God yes. Get it done. We need a TE badly. All of ours are very unproven. I'd off a 3 year 12 million dollar deal. With a cut clause after the first year for no dead money and pay most of the money out in the first to make it worth it for him.
I wouldn't call paying him $10M a flyer
Interesting. I have said for awhile now that I do not think we need a tight end. With Rivera poised to ratchet up his game, Kasa learning the ropes, and Ausberry coming back, I was content with our TE group. However upon further review, if we can get a healthy and 100% medically cleared Finley I would take a flier on him and make that group compete. 3 years 10-12 million with a medical clause and a few incentives to even it out. Why not? Having a veteran leader of quality in each group is a boon for everyone.
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If healthy, I'd take a strong look.