Aug 23, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Why Seahawks AREN'T Pursuing a Now Healthy Jermichael Finley

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Jermichael Finley and the Seattle Seahawks sure looked like quite the couple for a long time, but despite what looks like a new clean bill of health, they appeared to have called off the engagement party.

Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Hawks are out on Finley:

Even though he has received clearance from Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh neurologist who fused the C3-C4 vertebrates in Finley’s neck, the doctors employed by an interested team also must clear him.  For the Seahawks, it won’t get to that; they have decided to pull the plug on efforts to sign Finley.

Finley was supposed to add some serious sizzle to the Seahawks’ passing attack, so now that he’s raring to go, the question every Seahawk fan wants to know is; why on earth would you pull the plug on this?

Well I believe I have a satisfactory answer, well, answers. Simply, the Hawks’ situation has changed pretty dramatically over the past month and Finley is not only not necessary in the passing attack, but quite possibly no longer an affordable commodity on the Seattle payroll.

With the drafting and signing of both Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, Pete Carroll and John Schneider put their eggs into the basket of depth and play-making on the outside. With a returning Luke Willson, a re-signing of Anthony McCoy and the restructured contract of Zach Miller, the tight end position is basically full anyway. Other tight ends on the roster include Cooper Helfet, a third year player from Duke, along with rookies Ra Shaun Allen (Southern) and Chase Dixon (Central Arkansas). Seattle has been high on Helfet and kept him around, and we all know that counting out unknown and unheralded tight ends on this roster is a mistake.

While Finley could have been a fun toy for Darrell Bevel and the Seahawks offense, he is not a sensible option for this team anymore. Price, roster availability and additional firepower in the NFL Draft have led the Seattle Seahawks out of the Jermichael Finley sweepstakes.

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  • HD

    I understand that Green Bay has not jumped on signing him either…I think his neck is still a area of concern..for both teams…team doctors don’t seem to be giving him a green light…yes the draft did change things for the passing game adding speed and precision / size with Richardson and Norwood…I also believe the contract adjustment with Miller, McCoy being back and a bigger and stronger Luke Willson changed the the plan (Willson can run the seem route)…apparently the kid from Southern caught everything throw his way at the mini camp….I saw Helfet last year in training camp and he also got open a lot and made numerous great catches…I think his size (239 lbs) may be holding him back…I think his 40 yd dash was a 4.73..not bad for a TE…he’s faster than Finley…so is Willson…another consideration might also be using Michael out of the backfield in some sets with his speed…Pete says he is going to get more work this year…I think Seattle is actually in pretty good shape at TE…other teams should have it so good

  • JTGleason

    Finley was making about $7M a season before his injury, and he had stated that wasn’t looking for any prove it, comeback paycut. It sounded like he was more interested in guaranteed $$ than playing football and/or his odds of a career injury were much greater than he, and his agent were boasting as not. The Hawks probably figured that out during their meeting, which is why they kept Miller, McCoy, and then added Chase + Allen. Finley no longer became a priority… good luck to him in greener pastures!