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

Dolphins Talking With Jermichael Finley


The Miami Dolphins will soon be sending a card to the NFL Commissioner.  A few weeks later than normal but a card nonetheless.  This season the question is, once again, will the Dolphins draft themselves a top blue chip tight end?  The Dolphins have plenty of “prospects” who have displayed hints of being able to hold down a role on the team.  With Charles Clay making a big leap last season many believe the Dolphins don’t need to draft a top TE this year.

Whether or not you believe that the teams TE squad is adequate it hasn’t stopped many from speculating.  Now word is coming out that the Dolphins have held talks with free agent TE Jermichael Finley, formerly of the Green Bay Packers.  Finley is well known by HC Joe Philbin who he coached in Green Bay.  The Dolphins, if they are indeed are talking to Finley, are not 100% sold on their cache of “up and coming potential” tight ends.

There is, as always, problems with Finley.  Despite the fact that he will get paid nicely for past accomplishments, there is a huge element of injury risk.  Finley is coming off a season that very well could have or still could end his career.  Last season Finley who has had concussions in the past suffered both a concussion and a bruised spinal cord during a game against the Cleveland Browns.  Finley would have surgery to fuse parts of the vertebrae.  His doctor says there is a 99.9% chance for the fusion to take and heal.  The question is when does it become a smart move?

The Dolphins are only having talks and there is still a ways to go before the two sides actually go further.  More MRI’s are slated on Finley’s neck and there are other tests that will need to be done as well.  He will also need to pass a physical.  If the Dolphins do indeed look at Finley as a viable option, it could be as a fallback should the draft not play out the way they want, or maybe they are convinced Finley is more than a stop gap at the position.

If Finley can return from his injury he could be a very big target for Ryan Tannehill, as Dustin Keller was supposed to be last season.  At some point, the Dolphins are going to have to find their long term answer.  Dion Sims, Michael Egnew, and Charles Clay are the Dolphins current TE’s.

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  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I’ve been sold on Clay from the start… was really on board with Keller, have high hopes for Simms, and don’t care all that much for Egnew… sure this room and this year, for a change I may actually include a TE from the draft in my upcoming mock over the next couple of weeks, but you’re going to have to look me up and find out. Having expressed that, unless it is a very reasonably offer, I am not on board the Finley wagon. Why? I am never overly enthused about athletes coming off neck or back injuries, especially in contact sports and with all they are discovering about concussion these days, the fact that Mr. Finley has had one or more seals the deal for me. Yes, I heard about Manning but that would have to be the exception and I hope Finley thinks about his latter years in this life and quality of life he’ll enjoy.
    PS. I hope Keller has healed nicely and can make a comeback and that the Dolphins will give him a shot if he’s able.

    • David Thompson

      Keller scares me too as a primary option and I really believe that we should be taking a TE in the draft to compliment Clay. I think it should be Sefarian-Jenkins if we can get him and yes I’m willing to use a 2nd and maybe trade our 7th to jump the Jets. Give Tannehill a game changing weapon he can actually use.

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        David, the thing is Keller has had bad luck with injuries in the last 2 years but he was fairly injury free (major season-ending injury) before then. I think your wish may come true though, I think the Dolphins WILL draft either Sefarian-Jenkins or CJ Fiedorowicz.

        • David Thompson

          I’m not opposed to resigning Keller on a prove-it deal at the vet minimum I just don’t trust him in a situation where our TE depth chart is Clay, Keller, Simms, Egnew. That hit was the definition of a catastrophic knee injury and they scare me, especially in football. I really hope he can recover from it, I’m just not ready to start him until I see that leg hold up in real games.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            You make a good point but that’s always a risk in football… every team is about one torn ACL away from calamity. I believe the Dolphins will reinforce their TE corps from the draft in the midrounds where there are some solid prospects and Egnew can get out of my life. Watch out for the Phins in rounds 3 or 4, they may be landing a solid blocking and catching TE.

  • Johnny

    You know…. TE is becoming more and more of an important position… Tannehill has never had that BIG TARGET TE… Just look at what a Gronk or Graham can do to an offense… Julius Thimas just recently and Gonsalez if the past… I like Clay, but he’s a hybrid.. Only standing 6’3 and our WR corp is all around 6 ft… It’s like he’s got to drop it in the bread basket for anyone to make a catch… Need a guy where your QB will have the confidence to throw it alittle high, knowing his TE will come down with it..
    aka. TEs Graham, Gronk, Gonsalez, and WR Calvin Johnson… If you don’t hit Wallace in stride, he doesn’t come down with it.. Under thrown balls, he doesn’t go up and fight to make that catch.. Or atleast try to draw a pass interference… HELP TANNEHILL OUT!!!
    Or he won’t make it in this league… There is a saying in “Bronx Tale”
    (Huge De Niro fan).. He says to his son.. “The worst thing in life is WASTED TALENT”… And that’s what their doing to Tannehill…. No OLine, No Running game, AND NO BIG WRS AND TES…

    • Johnny

      In short… I big body, athletic, large wing span, good hands and route running can make a OK Offense good and a good offense great !!!

      • Johnny

        Oh.. And that not Finely… He’s lucky to be alive let alone be willing to run a cross route… Hearing those footsteps will give him a panic attack… Wasn’t that good to begin with.. And that’s with Rodgers (top 5 QB) as his QB… But I guess you have to turn a few stones..

      • LostSok

        The interesting thing, Johnny, is we HAVE a big body, athletic, large wingspan TE with decent hands: Dion Simms. He was unstoppable at times in college (see the opener vs Boise State two years ago), and had a sweet one-hand TD catch as a rookie…but was seldom targeted after that.

        He’s won’t run the seam routes that Clay will, Finley can and Keller would have…but for short-area as an outlet guy, he should/could be rock solid.

        Personally, I’d still grade Sims higher than all but probably two, maybe three, of the prospects in the draft.

        • Johnny

          I hear you bro.. But Sims in College was mostly blocking.. He doesn’t have much speed… He’s not that athletic… That one hand catch was a 2 yard pass, where he pretended to block for a run, got loose behind the D and Tannehill put it where he can catch it only… Honestly, he’s very slow.. Alittle on the chubby side.. But lost weight.. He can develope… But I don’t want a developmental project at TE.. I WANT JIMMY GRAHAM!!! Lol.. But there’s not another Jimmy Graham out there.

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      Johnny, I am with you on wasted talent… I like several blocking/catching TEs from the upcoming draft. I was against drafting a TE last year because we had a doubtful OL, huge concerns at WR and CB, and on top of that, last year was not supposed to have been a good draft for TEs. Fast forward to this year, should Hartline and Gibson and hopefully Mims recover and fully comeback from their injuries, along with continuing development of Mathews, the WRs are not a big concern. We could use some height at that position though IMO, so we have Coleman, Street from the draft in the mid to low draft level and at least one scheduled to become a UFA, and a WR from our developmental squad by the name of Spadola (about 6’5″). I also happen to like this TE class and hopeful the Dolphins can recognize the value of some mid draft talent there.

      • Johnny

        I hear you… It’s funny .. You said Mims instead of Binns.. Not laughing at you, it’s just that we call our cousin Mims .. Her name is Michelle, but we just called her Mims.. I think if T Zach Martin is off the board and ILB CJ Mosley is off the board.. And just maybe if TE Enron slid to #19.. I say take him.. He would be the BPA and go nicely with Clay.. Then we are talking about a better offense… Off coarse, grab the best available Right Tackle in the 2nd round… But TE Ebrin is compared to Vernon Davis, still alittle too short for me 6’4, but his speed makes up for that.. I’d jump on him if he’s available and Lewan/ Martin if gone.

        • Miami Jules (Julian)

          LOL… I tend to do that Johnny, and I often re-baptize a person… watch… i’ll do it again soon, and I happen to like Binns. One time I called a radio show and I was ranting about Rich Camarillo, the radio show host listened to me attentively and when I finally ended my rant, he calmly said… -” The Dolphins have no player by that name.. I am sure you mean Greg Camarillo”- I did this live with possibly hundreds of thousands listening in.

          • Johnny

            Lol.. I liked Camarillo… He did not have 1 single drop the season before they traded him to Minn. for a back-up CB..

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            LOVED Camarillo ever since he ran for like 300 yards downfield and scored the TD that would save Miami from the shame and embarrassment of a 0-16, and then, just like you said… not a single drop and he was a ball hawk… he would fight for the ball in tight coverage.

          • Johnny

            Yes.. I remember that game.. It was vs Baltimore.. The first and last time I applauded all season..
            LOL… He had the best hands on the team… And would still have the best hands of any of our WRs.. Not flashy.. But when it’s 3rd and 5, he was catching that ball for a 1st down .. A possession WR with golden hands.. I guess that’s not enough in today’s NFL.. A dinosaur, to say the least… But, yes, I was a huge Camarillo fan and I don’t care what anybody says!!! LOL!!

          • Johnny

            Oh BTW.. I just followed you on Twitter.. Not big on it.. Basically use it for practice updates and Dolphin stuff.. But you can follow me if you want.. I’m JohnCAurora

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Thank you for the follow John and I’m following right back… I put out silly comments on Twitter but also links to articles I like whether I write them or not… I have posted links to this site if I really like the article even if I’m not connected as a writer. I also write shorter stuff on my F/B page too.

          • Johnny

            Hey.. Are you a Phins Season Tix Holder??? My prices went up cause I’m by the 1yd line in Sec. 149.. all because it’s the only spot in the stadium with Shade!!! Crazy!!!

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            I actually never have been. When I was a kid (during the perfect season and for the next couple of years after that) I was a just a teenager. During the Marino years my now ex-wife worked for a company where she got excellent seats and parking for just about every home game, and then later, as a single parent, I couldn’t afford to do it all and taking both my children to the game was a bit difficult, in the last few years I have been taking care of an ailing parent which didn’t allow a lot of time for me to be away from the house. Except for the last few years, I have always managed to attend just about every game. Moving forward, maybe now that my children are grown and loved ones have passed, I may be able to do that for the first time once I’m settled in, and again start going regularly. I figure you’re local since you are a season tx holder. Last time I went to a game was the 1st Buffalo game last year during the “Webbies” weekend (I was sitting a couple of rows up from Brian (this author of this article) (don’t worry Brian, I wasn’t stalking you, I know who you were because Bill pointed you out to me, and Bill knows everyone). It sounds like you have great seats Johnny, especially shaded in the earlier months, that makes a huge difference.

          • Johnny

            I hear ya… I’m actually not “local”.. Don’t live in Miami.. I live in Stuart, (about 20 mins from West Palm Beach).. I jump on 95 to the Turnpike, in which the Turnpike takes you right to the gates of Sun Life Stadium… It takes us about 1 hour and 10 mins.. Which isn’t bad.. If I lived alittle more North, I would do it.. But an Hour isn’t so bad.. Meet up with our tailgating buddies and party down before the games.. I usually give away my Pre-Season Tickets.. Not worth it for me.. But I already gave the Preseason week 3 Cowboys to a friend … But I still “will” (won’t get tix yet) haven’t got rid if week 4 St Lou game if your interested… Take care… When I got out of the Air Force (was a ICU paredic) in Cali and deployed to Afgani for 180… I came home to take care if my Dad, who had Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer).. For his last 2 years plus… So I know what’s it’s like to take care of a loved one… It’s tough.. But I had experience through my Air Force career.. Still hard… Wish you the best..

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Johnny, first, thank you for your service… service is the highest expression of love. I can see you had similar experience… my mom had Alzheimer’s and other complications… she’s at rest now, and I’m looking for work… heading to my 150th interview now, had one yesterday (phone interview) and one lined up for Thursday, so not having a set schedule yet, it would be hard for me to take you up on your generous offer without a certain work schedule (I feel confident about today’s interview it’s my 2nd with the company). Please look me up on F/B … I’ll send you a direct Tweet with my full name. Thank you again.

          • Johnny

            Good luck on your interview!!!!
            (and thanks for your service comment).. Just tell this guy your Dolphin Fan.. And you’ll get the job.. lol

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Thank you and I did tell them I am a Dolfan and he said I should have no problem fitting in IF I get the job… usually works, especially in Miami.

  • Bryce

    I’ll take Finley for cheap. New O line and current roster will be fine without him tho.

  • LostSok

    Obviously, if Finley is 100% he would be a huge upgrade. And we have the money to sign him, unless he feels that he needs a guaranteed 10 million or something (which he may).

    In the draft there are five TE’s that grade out as likely-to-succeed (Ebron, Amaro, Serfarion-Jenkins, Niklas and Fiedororwicz). The rest are longshots, at best. The drop-off from those five to whomever you’d call #6 in immense. Meaning: we either sigh a TE, stand pat…or plan on using a pick in the first four rounds on the position.

    Considering we need two OL, and would likely want to add a WR, LB and possibly DT or safety, not using a pick on a TE would help us address other needs.

    Personally, I have a lot of hope that Dion Sims has the ability to become an elite blocker/outlet receiver and Clay continues to grow as a seam-stretcher H-back type. If so, than we could afford to give Egnew one more year to show something, and address the position again in 2015.

    As to Finley, unless it’s a low guaranteed base with incentives, it’s unlikely Dawn Aponte will let Hinkley/Philban sign him. :- )

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      I’d like to know your opinion on a couple of mid draft ranked TE’s.. 1- Arthur Lynch 2- Crockett “Happy” Gillmore (I added the “Happy” for fun). I also hope Simms can comeback and reach his potential and original expectations.

  • tpl

    I don’t think finley is the answer. Miami will draft a TE thisvyear. My guess is feidorwicz.