Mike McCarthy: No doors are closed on Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly or Ryan Pickett
The Packers have maintained all offseason that they are open to a return from tight end Jermichael Finley if they think his neck is sound after last year’s injury and subsequent surgery and nothing has changed on that front.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that the team hasn’t moved on from Finley for good, although he offered no indication about the feelings of the medical staff about Finley’s recovery. At least one doctor has given Finley the green light to resume his career, but no one has taken the bait yet.
McCarthy also said that the team has left the door open to returns from defensive linemen Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett as well, calling all three veterans “great guys” that fit well in the team.
“No doors are closed yet, and we’ll see what happens,” McCarthy said on The Bill Michaels Show. “It’s always something that I think you have to be realistic about in the National Football League. I would love to work with all three of those guys again.”
There hasn’t been much reported interest in either of the defensive linemen and the Packers’ decision will likely come down to their level of confidence in the players currently on hand when the offseason program comes to a close. Jolly is also coming off neck surgery, so he’d need to get the same clearance as Finley before Green Bay would welcome him back into the fold.