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Jermichael Finley: Steelers offered a contract but money wasn't there

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Jermichael Finley wants to play in 2014. (USATSI)
Jermichael Finley wants to play in 2014. The only question is where. (USATSI)

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Last November, former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was placed on injured reserve after suffering a spinal contusion in a Week 7 game against the Browns. And that injury came a month after Finley was concussed against the Bengals.

But Finley has since been cleared to play by Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, who just so happens to be the Steelers team doctor. We mention that because the Steelers recently offered Finley a contract.

"Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be," Finley told USAToday.com's Tom Pelissero. "If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself ..."

The "tax-free money" Finley mentions is a $10 million insurance policy should he never play another down in the NFL.

For now, Finley, 27, plans to be patient about his football future. He'll undergo more tests on Wednesday and send the results to all 32 teams.

"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. "It's all a waiting game right now."

Back in October, after suffering the concussion in Cincinnati, Finley told the story of how his young son wanted him to quit the game.

"When I came back to reality, when I got my senses, when I got my balance and my vision back, I picked up my phone and my wife had called at least 30-plus times," Finley said at the time. "… She put my [son] on the phone and he asked if there was a flight I could catch -- during the game -- and he said, 'Daddy, I don't want you to play football anymore.'

"That was a little hard to take."

Now, some nine months later, Finley is planning his return.

"This is a huge week for me," he said, "and I'm a competitor, so I'm looking forward to it."

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