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Could Jermichael Finley be Tony Gonzalez's replacement?


ProFootballtalk.com has reported (via twitter) that a player rep for free agent Jermichael Finley told PFT that Finley's doctor is "99.9 percent certain" he'll be cleared for contact in 3-4 weeks.

As you may recall, last October, the Packer's TE suffered what appeared to be career-ending (and possibly life-threatening) neck injury. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1821275-revisiting-jermichael-finleys-terrifying-neck-injury-and-spinal-cord-contusion

The injury required two vertebrae to be fused, but immediately following Finley's surgery, his agent, Blake Baratz, stated the Finley " has every intention of resuming his football career".

Finley was already set to become a free agent, and it has been speculated that the Packers were not going to resign him even before the injury. Back in February 2012, Finley signed a two-year, $14 million deal when he and the Packers couldn't agree on a long-term contract.

In addition to his neck injury, Finley also missed most of the 2010 season. After posting two 100-yard games in the first three games of 2010, Finley suffered a season-ending knee injury - a torn meniscus.

Finley left Texas University after just his Sophomore season, and helped by a 4.67 40 time at the NFL combine, was a third round pick in 2008.

Listed at 6-5, 247, and just 26 years old, Finley has played all six of his seasons for the Packers, with his best season being in 2012, when he had 62 catches.

Even though Finley has benefited from superb quarterback while at Green Bay, the Packers use of three and four wide receiver sets has likely put a "cap" on Finley's stats, and I believe if healthy, he is capable of producing numbers that are roughly equivalent to Tony Gonzalez's late years with the Falcons.

What do you think?

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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