Report: TE Jermichael Finley Says Steelers Have Showed Him A Few Deals

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is still looking for a team play for in 2014 as he attempts to comeback from a spinal contusion injury that suffered last October and apparently the Pittsburgh Steelers have offered him a contract.

“Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain’t what it’s supposed to be,” Finley said, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports. “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 …”

The tax-free money that Finley is referring to is a $10 million insurance policy that he will collect one year to the day after the injury if he hasn’t played.

According to Pelissero, Finley will undergo another round of medical tests Wednesday and then send the results to all 32 teams in hopes of landing on a roster before training camp. The tight end had his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae fused a month after suffering the injury by Steelers team neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, who reportedly cleared him to resume playing back in the early part of June during a visit to Pittsburgh.

The Steelers interest in Finley is a little bit surprising, but judging by the tight end’s comments, he likely was only offered a one or two-year deal for close to the minimum. Unless he’s willing to take a deal like that, I don’t think that he will wind up in Pittsburgh.

Pelissero also reports that Finley has visited the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. He reportedly failed the Seahawks physical, however.

“As long as I wait, you know and I know, guys are going to go down and the money’s going to shoot up,” Finley said. “It’s all a waiting game right now.”

  • Virdin Barzey

    “….guys are going to go down and the money’s going to shoot up”

    No thanks. We already did the “Young Money Crew.” That’s more than enough for us.

  • Douglas Andrews

    10 million tax free on the table…I’d take that and call it a career. What are the chances of him making 10 million in salary coming off that kind of injury? Guess if anyone knows how healthy he is it would be the Steelers. I’m just not sure how they would use him with Heath and Spaeth already set at the first twoTE spots.

  • Ryan

    Not only that I doubt anyones going to guarantee him 10 mill just cause someone got Injured. Hed have to play for less.

  • Big White

    Way to go Finley. You won’t see another offer from Steeltown, because what happens in Fight Club, stays in Fight Club. I’m embarrassed Colbert and Co. even met with this clown, just to get shown up.

  • Paul Hoover

    And they have blanchflower as a 3rd TE ??

  • Jacob Dixon

    I tried to make a new Young Money Crew 2.0
    84 Antonio Brown
    11 Marcus Wheaton
    10 Martvis Bryant

  • Jacob Dixon

    And maybe
    15 Justin Brown

  • RMSteeler

    Bet the offer was before the draft. He put that out there to try to get some offers before Camp. He should take the insurance money and run.

  • rn

    You can’t blame him for looking for the money. He’s got a son, and he had a scary injury. He’s looking out for his future.

  • dgh57

    If Finley was a OLB, CB, or even a OT I’d say okay if the money was right. Problem is with that insurance money I don’t think the money could be right for him. If I was Finley I would run with the insurance money and don’t look back and call it a career as spinal injuries is something you don’t full around with.

  • AzheDraven

    It would be like:
    Old Money: AB/Lance Moore
    New Money Wheaton, Bryant and Brown
    I think I heard them refer to Hines like Old Money haha.

  • AzheDraven

    I think he would go to the PS and they would release Palmer and Paulson. But I think that deal will not happen.

  • Kurt Williams

    Tax Free $10 million? Nice knowing you NFL.

  • steeltown

    $10MIL… he wont get anywhere near that, not even in a multi-yr deal, even if “guys are going to go down”

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  • srdan

    100% agree with you. He shoudl push his ego out of the way.

  • HiVul

    I don’t take any offense to this as a Pittsburgh fan. Everyone is looking out for their own pay unless you’re Mother Theresa and it really doesn’t make sense for him to accept the kinds of offers he must be getting now.

  • ApexSteel

    The offense would’ve been over the top if we made that happen.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    What kind of policy pays like that?

    I thought they paid if you couldn’t work. I would have assumed that if you are cleared by the doctor and offered a job insurance doesn’t pay.

    What kind of company would insure a 10 mil salary for Finley?

  • 20Stoney

    I was thinking the same thing. From what he is saying he can work but might choose not to. He might want to keep quiet.

  • cencalsteeler

    In the grand scheme of things, they offered Finley a contract. That is good news, we can all collectively agree that the TE position needs some bolstering, including the coaching staff. I’ll take that as a hint into the next draft.

  • CW

    Not quite…

    Old Money: Lance Moore
    Big Money: Antonio Brown
    Young Money: Wheaton and Brown
    New Money: Bryant

  • Jacob Dixon

    Antonio Brown is too young to be old money
    As CW said maybe he could be Big Money

  • sean mcmartin

    The insurance company probably has some screwed clauses for him to collect. If He is medically cleared to resume playing. And turns down offers of work. I’m not so sure he gets any tax free dollars.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • AzheDraven

    I was saying that because AB was on the Old Crew, and he was the older of those ones and their leader. But I like your idea haha