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Finley: I hope to return to Packers but will play somewhere

Feb. 3, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

Jermichael Finley says he’s hoping this NFL career continues with the Green Bay Packers.

But the 26-year-old tight end sounds bent on playing with or without them.

It's not a given that the Packers' medical staff will clear Finley to play after he had neck surgery late last year.

Even if the Packers' doctors clear Finley, general manager Ted Thompson might not offer him the best contract when Finley hits the free-agent market in March.

Finley said last week that he expects his surgeon to be clear him for all football activities in the next few weeks. The Packers will want to examine his post-surgical neck before determining whether to him a contract.

Finley’s injury reportedly was between the C-3 and C-4 vertebrae. In 2012, the team’s medical staff wouldn’t clear another player, safety Nick Collins, after having neck-fusion surgery in that same spot.

“I said it once before, I want to be a Packer for life,” Finley said Friday in a podcast with PFT Live, as reported by ProFootballTalk.com. “But we all know this is a business and the Packers are going to take it as a business, but at the same time, I was playing at a high level when I got injured. But at the end of the day, I can go give any team what they need and take them to the promised land, I can guarantee you that.”

Finley had surgery in mid-November, so if he’s cleared for all football activities within the next month, he’ll have recovered quickly.

“I mean there’s a couple of teams I would love and would be on the first flight out to play with,” he said. “But like I said, the Packers are going to come at me with something, and I’m going to go to them first and see what they’ve got, and if it’s not, I would love to be on the first flight out to good old Seattle.”

Here’s a link to the entire podcast interview with Finley: http://tinyurl.com/mtogyc4

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