Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) celebrates a play during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley Tweet Sets Off Vikings Speculation


What is Jermichael Finley doing these days? Apparently he was hanging out in the Minneapolis area on Sunday if this tweet is any indication.

Finley’s followers immediately started throwing out suggestions for ways he could amuse himself in the Twin Cities, including going to the zoo, hitting Lake Minnetonka and going to a Twins game.

But seriously, what is Jermichael Finley doing in the Twin Cities? Could his visit be in any way Vikings-related (assuming Finley even is in the Twin Cities and didn’t just tweet that out randomly from some other location)?

Finley as we know is trying to come back from a career-threatening spinal bruise. The last report on Finley was that there has been no change in his medical status, meaning he still has not been cleared to return.

The Packers in the meantime have been making preparations for life after Finley, bringing in multiple tight ends including UDFA Colt Lyerla, who was signed after a tryout.

Finley could still return to Green Bay and indeed Mike McCarthy has indicated that he would like Finley to return. The Packers have left Finley’s locker open in hopes that the tight end can get back.

Finley himself has to also consider options outside the Packers. He visited Seattle in March and seemed on the verge of signing but failed the physical. Since then he has been working out, hoping to get medical clearance.

Is it possible that the Vikings could be a landing spot for Finley when/if he is cleared to play? Minnesota currently has Kyle Rudolph as their top pass receiving tight end, and after that things are a little shaky in terms of experience.

Chase Ford comes in with the best chance to score a job, and the Vikings also brought back Allen Reisner and picked up UDFA A.C. Leonard. Ford and Leonard both are interesting physical specimens who have a long way to go in their development.

It is not out of the question that the Vikings could become interested in Finley at some point, but there’s no evidence that his current Twin Cities visit has anything to do with the Vikings. He could just be hanging out.

It’s summer now, the weather is great, Finley could just be chilling. We’ll have to see if any reports surface of any Finley sightings at Winter Park. If Finley is indeed on the Vikings’ radar, that could make things very interesting.

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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    That’s an intriguing prospect considering the free agents we could have after this season and the need for receivers we have. Four tight ends are possible with a receiver like Finley.

    • Wayne Davis

      I haven’t really checked but is that a Turner typical system for TE too have four?

      • Ryan Johnson

        There is no guarantee that they carry 4 either, at least on the active roster anyway. They could be looking for 3, but none the less if they are bringing in udfa ac leonard for a look, then that means they are interested in more help at the position, given John Carlson is no longer with the team.

  • Matt Graham

    Finley trains in the Twin Cities every offseason. His trainer lives there.

  • Jack Hoffman

    Dear God please don’t let Minnesota sign Finley, he has dropped more balls than puberty.

    • Ken Tomlin

      Hilarious!!

    • Stryker

      That was funny, but we should still take him if he’s available and passes the physical.

  • jay ettinger

    Settle down. Finley’s agent and financial planner are here and he trains/lives here in the off season

  • MikeH123

    Vikings won’t be able to afford Finley after they sign Rudolph. Expect Rudolph to demand Jimmy Graham type money after claiming in April that he is the best TE in the NFL.

  • Erik Hertwig

    Finley would be a bad move.

  • David Mallow

    Finley sucks, hes either hurt or just can’t catch, kinda like Pettigrew.. ill stick with Rudolph, Ford and Leonard…

  • Robert Ries

    Like most packers, they move somewhere more hospitable during the off season.
    Sign him? He’s mostly been a disappointment in GB.

  • and42go

    Could be that he was in Minnesota because he couldn’t find the Milwaukee Mayo Clinic or the University of Minnesota-Green Bay Medical Center? Just say’in.

  • holymomentumbatman#84

    We don’t need no stinkin’ tight end. The best one in the NFL is already on the Vikings’ roster. Just ask him.

  • Pete Zebich

    Don’t want him