Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, formerly with the Green Bay Packers, reportedly visited with the Patriots on Friday, according to two reports.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan reported that Finley met with the Patriots and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio estimated that the visit occurred on Friday after Finley’s host team had insisted on not divulging who it was.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) June 2, 2014
Finley, 6-4 and 240 pounds, played six seasons with the Packers, accumulating 223 receptions, 2,785 yards, and 20 touchdowns. Finley suffered a neck injury last October that had seemingly soured his free agent hopes up until this week, when he received a bill of clean health. He has been associated with the Seattle Seahawks (reportedly out of the running), New York Giants, and Packers since his recovery.
The Patriots currently have five tight ends on their 90-man roster, including Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams, Justin Jones, and Asa Watson. Jones and Watson are rookie free agents.
Finley is probably better considered a receiving tight end, one who could complement Gronkowski if signed. But despite receiving medical clearance, his health is probably still very concerning for any interested team, even the Patriots who have tragically lacked depth here because of Gronkowski’s injuries and Aaron Hernandez’s departure.
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