Report: Finley worked out for Patriots

Report: Finley worked out for Patriots
June 3, 2014, 11:15 am
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The Patriots already have one game-changing tight end with a significant injury history. Would they bring on board another?

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, New England had free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley in for a workout on Friday.

At his best, Finley represented one of the most physically gifted "move" tight ends in football. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound pass-catcher was a walking mismatch in recent years for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' talented attack.

Last October Finley bruised his spinal cord in a game against the Browns and missed the remainder of the season. The hit he took briefly rendered Finley unable to move, and he later had his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae fused together.

Finley has reportedly been cleared to play by the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Joseph Maroon.

The list of Patriots tight ends with proven track records of production is short, and that they would kick the tires on a player like Finley is not surprising. Rob Gronkowski is coming off of reconstructive knee surgery and the other veteran tight ends on the roster include Michael Hoomanawanui and DJ Williams.

The Patriots opted not to address the tight end position in the draft, but they did sign two as undrafted free agents: East Carolina's Justin Jones and NC State's Asa Watson.

The question with Finley going forward will be how his body is able to withstand the punishment of the NFL game. Finley himself could decide another pro contract isn't worth the risk.

But by bringing him in and working him out, the Patriots would have a better idea of what Finley could offer them if he does decide to make a comeback. For them, a visit would be all about gathering information and keeping every option available to improve the roster.