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Jermichael Finley Says He’d Play for Giants If Ben McAdoo Came Calling; Loves Playing for Him

May 13th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Doug Rush

With the 2014 NFL Draft now a couple of days removed, the talk amongst Giants fans is where the team still needs to make additions with the most obvious one being at tight end.

Since the beginning of the offseason, there has been one very popular name that has been linked to the New York Giants from the very beginning, talk that all started when he was being recruited to play for the team by Antrel Rolle during Super Bowl XLVIII; Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers.

Finley actually would have been off the market in the first week of free agency, but because he failed a physical, it likely cost him a deal with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Since then, Finley has drawn minimal interest from teams around the league as he awaits medical clearence since undergoing spinal fusion surgery this past winter after suffering a season-ending injury back in October.

With the Giants neglecting to take a tight end in this past week's NFL Draft, the speculation of Finley to the Giants only continues to grow and on Monday, the former Packers tight end was asked about the possibility of playing for the Giants if and when he gets medical clearance in which he gave his full support to his former tight ends coach and now Giants offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo and said he'd play there if McAdoo wanted him.

“If Ben (McAdoo) came calling, I guess I’d go running,” Finley said. "He’s a great coach and I would love to rekindle that relationship and get it back on. He’s like a father figure to me since I came into the league.” 

Back in February, Rolle told everyone that Finley had mentioned to him that he would love to play for the Giants if things didn't work out with the Packers because of the chance to play alongside Eli Manning, plus working with McAdoo again. With Green Bay choosing not to re-sign Finley and instead bringing back his replacement in Andrew Quarless, the idea of Finley playing for the Giants continues to make sense.

The tight end spot has been a bit of a revolving door over the last couple of years with Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, Martellus Bennett and the latest, Brandon Myers, so if Finley were to get an actual shot and succeed under McAdoo and the Giants, he's still young enough in his NFL career to where he could stick around for the team for a few years, that is if he gets medical clearance and the Giants have interest first.

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7 Responses to “Jermichael Finley Says He’d Play for Giants If Ben McAdoo Came Calling; Loves Playing for Him”

  1.  William says:

    Bad injury n unemployed makes you want to play for anyone interested.

    On a different note the media is taking it easy on Bill Belicheck; his team was woefully under manned in the AFC champ game in the talent department. It’s shocking the lack of offensive skill players given to Brady year after year, so what does the hooded one do with his second round pick?? A back up QB?? Not even a highly rated one at that. The reason given because Mallet another wasted pick is going to get a minor raise?? The guys ego is so great and his outright hatred of paying anyone is so large that he wastes a second round pick on a QB so he can avoid paying a backup QB that would get a minor raise. No one is yelling the emperor has no clothes?

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Belichick has been wasting the waning years of the career of a truly great quarterback. Someday Brady is going to look back and really wonder about what could have been. Thank goodness Belichick is a lousy GM who has escaped the consequences for that because, until recently, he has been competing with franchises in his Division that are hopeless. But the Jets (who I dislike as much as the Pats) are building toward something and the Pats may be unpleasantly surprised this time around.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    As for Finley, I’d take him but wouldn’t be all that excited. He has never, IMO, been anything special. I would hope that if he signs it lights a fire under Robinson and the kid becomes what Reese has said he could and becomes the tight end we need for the next 6-7 years. But Finley would be good to have in case Robinson really isn’t going to step up when the field is clear ahead of him.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    So who do we think is still on the team who was part of the problems that led the draft room to go for character and leadership this season? We’re kidding ourselves if we think every last one of the problems has been eliminated. There must be players still under contract who haven’t shown the commitment and desire to get better. Who are they?

    Off the top of my head I’m going to guess that among them are Jacqain Williams (who hasn’t progressed as quickly as should have been the case), Brewer, Beatty (already talking about a fashion career while regressing as a player), Randle, Jernigan (there has to be a reason he never got a chance until the end of last season and then showed he has real talent), and in all likelihood JPP. I’m not sure Will Hill should be counted because I’m not sure he’s going to be on the team (I hope he is because I still have hope that with help this kid can turn around and become the best safety in the NFL).

    I probably missed a few and it’s entirely possible that some mentioned are absolutely dedicated football players, but I have my doubts.

  5.  BBWC says:

    We still have Larry Donnell at TE don’t we? I don’t think you mentioned him last article on TE’s……

  6.  BigOlBlue says:

    Anyone else foresees the complete lack of safety depth? (assuming will hill is done)
    We are counting on Stevie returning to form after and ACL tear and staying healthy. (He also was not amazing in coverage, a lot of the INTs he had were tipped or ducks right to him). Trell is Trell, after that though Cooper and the Rookie. Thats not a strong unit and even with hill after this year we have only Coop (never played) and a Rookie from this year under contract next season.

    •  BigOlBlue says:

      I really think the giants were hoping that Deone Bucannon (taken by Zona) was there in the second. After he was taken though…there was a huge fall of in terms of talent.

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