Jermichael Finley Reportedly Draws Interest From Baltimore Ravens


Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is tackled following a catch against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens reportedly were among the tight end needy teams to reach out to free agent Jermichael Finley, according to CBS Sport’s Jason La Canfora.  The former Green Bay Packer and freak athlete has been on the shelf since suffering a potentially career threatening neck injury last season and still has yet to pass an NFL physical.

It’s no surprise that the Ravens reached out to Jermichael Finley, who was among the elite tight ends in the NFL when healthy.  The team is a little thin at tight end after losing Dennis Pitta for the season.  They are moving forward with 31 year old Owen Daniels as a starter, who is backed up by third round rookie Crockett Gillmore and undrafted free agent Phillip Supernaw.

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Jermichael Finley has been waiting and hoping that his condition would improve enough to play this season, but his health just hasn’t improved to the point where it seems likely.  Finley does have a $10 million dollar disability insurance policy that he can claim if he isn’t able to play this season, though he has yet to finalize the paperwork.  Once he does, playing in 2014 will be essentially impossible.

Whether or not Jermichael Finley can play next season after claiming the insurance policy is unknown, and he seems understandably hesitant to throw in the towel on what was a promising NFL career.  Finley has drawn interest from a lot of teams and would easily find a job in no time if he was healthy enough to go.  Hopefully his condition will improve and he can resume his career, though it appears unlikely to happen in 2014.