Earlier today, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported that “a good half-dozen teams” are quietly pursuing Jermichael Finley, and now Ian Rapoport of NFL.com adds two clubs to the list of potential suitors for the free agent tight end. According to Rapoport, the Steelers and Raiders have also shown some interest in Finley.
The link to the Steelers makes sense, since it was Pittsburgh’s team doctor, Dr. Joseph Maroon, who performed Finley’s surgery and gave him full medical clearance last week. While Rapoport suggests Finley has visited the Steelers, it was actually just Dr. Maroon that he visited, as the NFL.com scribe clarifies in a tweet. The Patriots also hosted Finley last Friday in order to evaluate his health.
Besides the Patriots, Steelers, and Raiders, Green Bay has also exhibited some interest in bringing back their former tight end, though the Packers’ standards for medical clearance are believed to be stricter than those of many other teams. The Seahawks also hosted Finley for a visit earlier in free agency, but they’re reportedly out of the running for the tight end at this point.