Could Jermichael Finley still land in Seattle after Zach Millers’ new deal?
The team seemed interest in expanding their options at tight end up to earlier this week, while they were still working on a restructured contract for Miller. They brought the former Green Bay Packers tight end – who is recovering from a spinal injury – in for a visit earlier in the week but Finley left without a contract. However, the visit itself served as enough leverage for the Seahawks, who were able to convince Miller to take a pay cut rather than force a release and subsequently take his chances on the open market.
Now, with Miller under wraps for the next two seasons, Finley’s chances of landing in Seattle take a significant hit. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Seahawks have ruled out the possibility of pursuing Finley, as the team had been working on the restructured deal for a while now.
While Miller’s return will help to solidify a tight ends corps that includes Luke Willson, Anthony McCoy and recently signed free agent Travis Beckum, it can still be considered as one of the barest spots on the Seahawks’ roster. Wilson is coming off a satisfactory rookie campaign. But McCoy missed the entire 2013 season due to an Achilles injury he suffered last May. Beckum has not played a regular season snap since the 2012.
Moreover, Finely can add versatility to the team’s tight ends group and it won’t be the same as signing Miller since Finley possess a slightly different skill set than the Seahawks veteran. While Miller has made his mark at blocking in running situations, Finely can be utilized better as a pass catching tight end.
The former Packers target Finley could serve as another option for quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle, while providing the Seahawks a chance to boost their tight-ends’ involvement in the offense. Historically, the Seahawks haven’t liberally used their incorporated their tight-ends unit in the offense during Wilson’s first-two seasons with the team. Maybe the team is finally willing to focus on that issue as well.
However, it remains to be seen whether the Seahawks maintain the same level of interest in Finely – one that CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported, prior to the Miller restructuring, could develop into a potential short-term contract with the team. But before signing with any team, Finely will first have to pass a medical checkup. The 26-year-old missed most of the 2013 season with a spinal injury last October and required spinal fusion surgery. He finished the 2013 season with 25 catches for 300 yards and three scores, after being limited to just five games.