The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly dropped their pursuit of free agent tight end Jermichael Finley. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Seattle Seahawks Out On Jermichael Finley


According to a report, the Seattle Seahawks have dropped out of the pursuit of former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the Seahawks—who were among the earliest teams to express interest—dropped out before having Finley examined by their medical staff.

Finley became a free agent in March after playing out the two-year contract he signed in February 2012.

Finley missed the last 10 games of the 2013 season after sustaining a bruised spinal cord in a game against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 20. In six games, Finley had 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

He was a third-round pick out of Texas by the Packers in 2008 and made a career-high 61 receptions in 2012. He also set career bests of 767 yards and eight touchdown receptions in 2011.

The 27-year-old had the C3 and C4 vertabrae fused in his neck by Pittsburgh neurologist Dr. Joseph Maroon, who gave Finley medical clearance to resume his career late last month.

However, he will still have to be cleared by team doctors before he can sign a contract.

Florio reported that the Packers still have an interest in bringing back Finley and that the New York Giants are also believed to be interested in the six-year veteran. There are also rumors that Finley visited the New England Patriots on Friday.

Without Finley, the production from the tight end position suffered in 2013. Andrew Quarless had 32 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns, Brandon Bostick caught seven balls for 120 yards and a score and Ryan Taylor had six grabs for 30 yards.

The Packers currently have seven tight ends on the roster. In addition to Quarless, Bostick and Taylor, Green Bay also has second-year man Jake Stoneburner—who did not catch a pass in nine games, third-round pick Richard Rodgers out of California, and undrafted free agents Colt Lyerla (Oregon) and Justin Perillo (Maine).

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