Over the next few weeks, you're going to hear a lot about potential starting tight ends already on the New York Giants roster, and a lot of the talk is going to be good. That's because when you've got Adrien Robinson's freakish athletic ability, it's easy to shine in organized team activities. And I'll admit that there's a lot to like about under-the-radar third-year man Larry Donnell.
But the Giants would still be silly to enter the 2014 season without a proven commodity at the tight end position.
Yes, Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells are veterans with a combined 69 starts under their belts, but both have become journeymen and blocking specialists at this point in their careers. If the Giants are serious about moving into the 21st century on offense, they need more than that at a position that is gaining importance with each passing year.
|Giants: Tight end depth chart (career stats)|
|1. Adrien Robinson||3||0||0||0|
|2. Kellen Davis||2351||39||50||12|
|3. Larry Donnell||107||1||3||0|
|4. Daniel Fells||2490||30||92||8|
|Pro Football Focus/Reference|
That's why it was interesting to see that, according to his agent, Blake Baratz, Jermichael Finley has received medical clearance from the neurosurgeon who fixed Finley's spine after a scary injury placed his career in jeopardy last year, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
That report also states that Finley is visiting a mystery team on Friday. I don't know if the team in question is the Giants, but it should be.
Not only does Finley have a long history with new Big Blue offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, but he's also the most talented tight end available on the open market. Now that a huge health obstacle has been cleared, it's time for general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin to make a move.
According to a person briefed on the team's plans, there has not been a visit set up with Finley and the Giants. That being said, the Giants have done their due diligence and, according to two people familiar with the situation, have at least reached out to the dynamic tight end.
Finley is only 27 and has started 48 games. He has three 650-yard campaigns on his resume and scored eight touchdowns in 2011. He's been there, done that. Has a Super Bowl ring. He's the kind of reliable option Giants quarterback Eli Manning needs with so much uncertainty surrounding an offense that is in flux.
And Finley won't likely command a lucrative deal, considering his situation and the timing. The Giants still have about $2.5 million in salary-cap space, according to OvertheCap.com. They've been on a signing spree all offseason, but if they're going to make one more move between now and that Sept. 8 opener in Detroit, this should be it.