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Jermichael Finley waiting for offers to exceed insurance payout

Jermichael Finley waiting for offers to exceed insurance payout Photo: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images Sport

Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley has offers from NFL teams, but is waiting for an offer exceeding his $10 million insurance policy for the spinal injury he suffered last season, he told USA TODAY's Tom Pelissero.

While playing for the Green Bay Packers, Finley had a spinal contusion last October after being hit by Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. He has the option of filing an insurance policy if he has not played in at least four games one year after the incident.

Finley was cleared for football in May and has received interest from several teams including the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers are another possible suitor if he returns.

Finley told Pelissero about waiting for a better offer:

"As long as I wait, you know and I know, guys are going to go down and the money's going to shoot up," Finley said, sitting in the weight room at WelleFast Elite Sports Training. "It's all a waiting game right now."

Finley, 27, has career statistics of 2,785 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns during his six NFL seasons with the Packers.

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