Green Bay Packers free agent tight end Jermichael Finley will be in Seattle on Wednesday to talk to Seahawks officials, but more importantly at this point, he will undergo a vigorous physical to see if he's healthy.
Finley underwent spinal fusion surgery in November after suffering a spinal contusion in his neck during a game against Cleveland in October. It was a scary moment after helmet-to-helmet contact when Finley suffered temporary paralysis.
"I was very conscious, but I could not move," Finley said afterward. "I looked my teammate, Andrew Quarless, directly in the eye and whispered, ‘Help me, Q. I can't move. I can't breathe.' The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Q's eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up."
Finley's surgery, a fusion between the C-3 and C-4 vertebra, had a three-to-four-month recovery. If he's healthy and cleared to play, Finley is one of the top tight ends in the league.
In 70 games with the Packers over six seasons, Finley has 223 catches for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2012, he set a franchise record for receptions by a tight end with 61.
By bringing Finley in, it could mean the Seahawks are having trouble trying to restructure Zach Miller's contract, who will count $7 million against salary cap if it isn't changed.
Finley had a two-year deal with Green Bay worth $14 million, which ended after the 2013 season. But his uncertain status coming off the injury probably means he would have to accept a one- or two-year deal at around $5 million a season.