Jermichael Finley will continue his journey with the hopes of returning to the NFL this upcoming season on Wednesday. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Finley will once again have medical tests performed on his neck, but will be sending the results of those tests to all 32 teams with the hopes of latching onto a roster before training camp kicks off. According to Finley himself, the tests will include an MRI and CAT scan.
Finley has a $10 million insurance policy if he is forced to walk away from the game of football (update: he may actually be able to collect that policy even if he plays more than half of the games this season, as pointed out by SB Nation's Behind the Steel Curtain). As he stated previously on Twitter, it's not about the money in his eyes, but the game. He noted that the key to the entire process is patience, as he awaits an offer that will propel him to make a return to the field.
"As long as I wait, you know and I know, guys are going to go down and the money's going to shoot up," Finley explained. "It's all a waiting game right now."
Over the last few months he has garnered interested from the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. Finley acknowledged in the article that the Steelers did make him contract offers, but the money didn't appealing to him. Pittsburgh's neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon, cleared him in May after performing surgery on him in November.
"Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be," Finley said.
Pelissero tweeted that Finley looked like himself on Monday, and in the article mentioned that the former Packer cut his weight to about 245 of 250 pounds while training with no limitations. That is all once again great news for him, but we'll anything really change in the coming weeks? We'll see. Wednesday will be another important day for Finley considering most training camps are getting under way just next week. The Packers begin training camp next Saturday and Mike McCarthy and the Packers haven't ruled out a return to Green Bay for Finley. Hopefully he'll be ready should they give him a call.
"This is a huge week for me, and I'm a competitor, so I'm looking forward to it."