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

Potential New York Jets' Free Agents: Jermichael Finley

Time to take another look at a member of the free agent market.

We are talking about offensive weapons, a theme that will be one that stays around for the duration of the off-season. No surprise there of course, when you have an offense as lacking in weapons as the Jets, there will be constant talk about how to make improvements.

A place the Jets need to improve is at the tight end position. Jeff Cumberland is a nice player, but they don’t see the big time weapon that they need. Kellen Winslow did not step up to be the influence that we had hoped for, and is not expected back.

Much of the talk has been that the Jets will improve this position via the draft, specifically in the first round. But, what if the Jets want to focus on the wide receiver position in the draft? The Jets could work on this position via free agency, and the player’s name is not Jimmy Graham.

Enter Jermichael Finley.

He is only 26 years old, so it’s not like they would be signing a player that is ready to retire. Take a look at his career to date, and you will see that he is not very far removed from some excellent seasons:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2008 21 GNB te 88 14 1 6 74 12.3 1 35 0.4 5.3 74 1 0 1
2009 22 GNB TE 88 13 10 55 676 12.3 5 62 4.2 52.0 676 5 1 7
2010 23 GNB te 88 5 5 21 301 14.3 1 34 4.2 60.2 301 1 0 3
2011 24 GNB TE 88 16 13 55 767 13.9 8 41 3.4 47.9 767 8 0 9
2012 25 GNB TE 88 16 14 61 667 10.9 2 40 3.8 41.7 667 2 1 6
2013 26 GNB TE 88 6 5 25 300 12.0 3 52 4.2 50.0 300 3 0 3
Career 70 48 223 2785 12.5 20 62 3.2 39.8 2785 20 2 29

Prior to losing 2013 due to injury, Jermichael had back to back excellent seasons. Back to back seasons of 55 and 61 receptions respectively are nothing to sneeze at. 10 touchdowns in two years is a nice number from a tight end as well.

He posted 55 receptions in 2009 as well, before leaving the 2010 season behind due to a knee injury. Furthermore, if you play out Finley’s 2013 numbers over an entire season, it comes out to approximately 67 receptions for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.

These are excellent numbers for a tight end, and certainly the type of weapon that Geno Smith would be greatly helped by having in his arsenal.

The biggest knock on Jermichael’s candidacy is his injury past. In 2010, he lost most of the season with a severe knee injury. Last season, he only appeared in six games before losing the rest of the year due to a spinal cord injury.

He would have to prove to be quite healthy before John Idzik and company should make a serious move. But if he is healthy, Finley could be an under the radar signing that would pay dividends.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Finley would be an upgrade at the position over Cumberland, but not an adequate one in my opinion. The injuries are a concern, much like Winslow, taking a player coming off a season long injury is a big risk. More than that though, Finely is not a top notch TE, adequate maybe, but not that stand out playmaking TE. As a Jet fan, I’ve endured a ton of “adequate” TEs over the years! Its time to change that, in this “new NFL” teams are relying more and more on the position in the passing game, causing mis – matches for the defenses, Time for the Jets to get with the trend and finally sign a play making TE!! I prefer Ebron to Amaro, but would be ecstatic if we could land either one in the first round!!

    • Alan Schechter

      I hear you Paul and I agree, would love one of the big two at the number 18 pick. I think I am more sold on Finley than you are. When he is healthy I think the guy can be that top notch TE. You are entitled to disagree, would be boring if we agreed all the time.

  • Kenneth Hayes

    Stop reading at spinal cord.