Report: Seahawks Bow Out of Jermichael Finley Pursuit

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report, the Seahawks have decided to halt their pursuit of Packers free agent tight end Jermichael Finley.

Earlier today, our own Harsha Sridhar wrote an excellent piece on what a healthy Jermichael Finley could do for the Packers. Now we learn that the tight end will have one less suitor should he indeed receive medical clearance.

According to a report by Pro Football Talk, the Seahawks won't pursue Finley regardless of his health.

"Even though [Jermichael Finley] has received clearance from Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh neurologist who fused the C3-C4 vertebrates in Finley's neck, the doctors employed by an interested team also must clear him.  For the Seahawks, it won't get to that; they have decided to pull the plug on efforts to sign Finley."

While Finley reportedly garnered attention from multiple teams, the Seahawks were the only ones to bring him in for a visit. As such, losing them as suitors represents a significant blow to Finley's 2014 earning potential if he indeed returns to the field.

Conversely, Seattle bowing out gives the Packers considerable leverage should they decide to bring Finley back. It also possibly opens the door for Green Bay to take additional time to evaluate the tight end's health.

In any event, it's starting to look as though Finley either suits up in green and gold this season or doesn't suit up at all.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor to TonySoftli.com and The Football Educator. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.
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