Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) celebrates a play during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors: Interest In Free-Agent Tight End Jermichael Finley?

Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s about that time of the year where we start to see the Pittsburgh Steelers linked to various players as free agency is set to begin on March 11.

The first of which may come as a bit of a surprise.

Ben Volin of ESPN tweeted Friday the Steelers have interest free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley has not yet been medically cleared to play, but that should happen this season.

Finley suffered a horrific injury last year for the Green Bay Packers which required spinal fusion surgery. Reports suggest he could be cleared medically as soon as this weekend, but given the unknown, his price tag isn’t going to be that high, which is good news for the salary cap-strapped Steelers.

Finley is a great athlete when healthy but also struggles with routine catches as he drops quite a few balls. He caught 223 passes for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns in six seasons with the Packers, where he is not expected to re-sign.

A guy like Finley could add a different dimension to the Steelers offense, but you have to wonder if his best days are behind him following the surgery.

Considering the Steelers just restructured Heath Miller‘s deal and they have so many other needs, I doubt that they will be serious players for Finley when free agency does begin.

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  • http://cityofchampionssports.com/ Josh Svetz

    I hope they sign him to a 2 year deal just so people can jump off this Ebron hype.

    If he could stay healthy, I think Ben would benefit from a two tight end offense, especially with someone who has shown the talent Finley has.

    I just don’t want to throw a 1st rounder on a team need that’s probably number ten in terms of how much we need it.

    Go for Finley and draft your defense, this signing would actually be beneficial for the Steelers and I don’t think they would have to pay much. Like you though, I’m skeptical they will actually pull the trigger.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I agree. Finley is a low risk high reward player. Definitely an upgrade from Palmer and Paulson.