The Packers are reportedly torn about what to do with tight end Jermichael Finley this offseason, but Finley is a bit less conflicted.
Finley told Josina Anderson of ESPN.com that he hasn’t heard anything from the Packers yet about addressing his contract, which has him set to count $8.75 million against the cap in 2013. Should they be planning to give him a call and ask about the possibility of a pay cut, they might as well save their breath.
“I’d have to walk for sure, meaning I couldn’t take a pay cut. Maybe I’d restructure if it’s a deal that I like and it makes sense, but I’m not the guy that’s just going to sign anything and let anything pass,” Finley said. “I’m not that guy. Other than that, taking a pay cut or restructuring doesn’t sound good to me at this time. I like my deal. I start training in Minneapolis tomorrow and I’m more inspired than ever to start next season off right and be the tight end I know I can be. It’s all business at the end of the day. I just love what I do.”
You wouldn’t expect Finley to say anything else, although things can be different when push comes to shove. That’s especially true if Finley’s agent has gauged a market that would make it clear Finley’s going to take a pay cut whether or not he remains in Green Bay for another season. With a $3.5 million roster bonus due in March, we should have an idea before too much longer how things will play out in Green Bay.