In addition to the news about the Jets and Jeff Cumberland in “serious negotiations” the Jets, it seems that the Jets might also have some interest in Jermichael Finley, by many the top tight end free agent in this year’s group.
I'm told that TE Jermichael Finley, still not medically cleared, has drawn interest from the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, Giants and Steelers—
Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 07, 2014
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets interest in Finley is in no way at odds with any desire to bring back Jeff Cumberland. Cumby has established himself as a good second option, but there is a gap if they want more production out of him.
Finley had a neck injury that will keep teams from investing much into him and it has recently been reported that the former Packer is “close” to getting his medical clearances. While some teams might be squeamish, the Jets experience with Kellen Winslow Jr. might make them bolder than most. Finley is by far the best player in a mediocre class of free agent tight ends, so would be worth a serious run thanks to the Jets more than generous cap space.
Either way, both moves don’t preclude them from still drafting a long-term solution in the mid rounds. Cumberland and Finley can provide value here and now while a mid-round draftee will take a little time in acclimating to the NFL game.