Could Jermichael Finley be a fit with the Chicago Bears?

By Matt Gabrielson
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It is obvious that the Chicago Bears need to make an upgrade at the tight end position this off-season. This is the perfect year for teams in the NFL that are looking to upgrade at the position.  There are several players that will be available between the 2013 NFL Draft, and via free agency that will make an instant upgrade to whichever team is lucky enough to land their services.

The Bears may not have to look very far to fill their need at tight end. In fact, the Bears may have to look just north to the Green Bay Packers and Jermichael Finley. While the Bears and Packers are rivals, this would not be the first time a player switched sides in the rivalry. So to think that Finley would cross the Bears off his list should he be released by the Packers because of the rivalry is ridiculous.

Finley has had some up-and-down moments throughout his career with the Packers. He started off the 2012 season with a couple of very strong games, but then he seemed to disappear for a stretch in the middle of the season.  But towards the end of the season, Finley stepped back up helping lead the packers to the NFC North championship again, and to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Meanwhile in Chicago, Bears fans had to sit back and watch as starting tight end Kellen Davis disappointed time and time again.  Physically, Davis looks like he should be a dominant tight end at 6-foot-7 and 267 pounds, but he has never quite lived up to the expectations that the Bears have had for him. Davis has been referred to as bus scary, someone who scares you when he gets off the bus but once he steps on the field you no longer fear him.

Should the Bears add Finley, they would be getting a player that can really stretch the field and give you those tough yards that only a tight end can. Not to mention, the other Bears wide receivers, particularly Brandon Marshall, may be able to get a free a bit easier just by the presence of Finley on the field.

The addition of a tight end like Finley would also make life a bit easier for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who would be able to rely on more than just Marshall if he had a tight end like Finley to pass to on short to mid-range plays.

This could all be forgotten if Finley does in fact take a pay cut to stay with the Packers, and so far, Finley has indicated he will do no such thing if the Packers approach him to do so.  This would force the Packers to release Finley, ultimately making him available should the Bears be interested.

If you’re the Bears, and the issues you have are at tight end, this is a move you have to consider. Adding Finley could help the Bears offense make that next step that they need to take in 2013. A strong offense with Finley in the fold, combined with an aging but elite defense, could set Chicago up to give Bears fans the Super Bowl title they are clamoring for.

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