Updated 01:10 PM EST, Wed, Jan 26, 2022

NFL Free Agents 2014: New York Giants Interested In Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley

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Jermichael Finley has expressed his desire to stay and end his career with the Green Bay Packers, but the veteran tight end is also open to wearing another jersey starting next season--one belonging to the New York Jets.

The New York Post reported on Thursday that Finley is looking forward to negotiating a new contract with the Packers in the coming weeks, but his agent, Blake Baratz, said that the 26-year-old veteran is also willing to listen to other team's pitches.

"Right now he is a Packer and I know he would love to play his entire career there," Baratz said in a statement. "For the next five weeks or so they have his exclusive negotiation rights. If it doesn't work out in Green Bay for whatever reason then I believe there are a number of teams that could use a talent like Jermichael."

Sources said that should the Packers decide to go into another direction and let go of Finley, the New York Giants are expected to make a strong push to acquire him. The Giants are currently shopping for possible tight end signings, and Finley is reportedly on top of their list.

The Giants could have the upper hand against other interested parties due to Finley's connection with new Giants defensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who coached Finley for six years during his tenure with the Packers.

McAdoo is often credited for the improved Finley's skills, and agent Baratz also has nothing but praise for the defensive specialist.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and think he was a fantastic hire for New York," Baratz said of McAdoo. "He is very detail-oriented from a schematic standpoint, but also has the ability to relate to his players."

The former Texas standout was having a great season in 2013, recording 25 catches with three touchdowns, but his season was cut short after sustaining a serious neck injury that required spinal fusion surgery.

Finley has yet to get a medical clearance, but he is already preparing for his comeback next season. Previous reports indicated that he will be cleared in March.

"Jermichael is doing great, is working out, running routes, catching balls, and feels no different than he did pre-injury," Baratz stressed. "His fusion has to fully heal before he is 100 percent ready for contact, but we are all anticipating that occurring in the coming weeks."

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