Blake Baratz walked back some of what Finley said about not being “the guy who’s just going to sign anything and let anything pass.” The Packers haven’t approached Finley about a pay cut or other restructuring of the deal set to pay him $8.25 million in 2013, but Baratz made it clear that they weren’t going to dismiss the idea out of hand if Green Bay did make an overture.
“I would never just turn my nose up at anything. I will listen and hear anybody about anything and withhold judgment until I do. I can’t say today whether I would, whether I wouldn’t, whether it’s in Jermichael’s best interest, his worst interest,” Baratz said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “There’d have to be a reason why he would have to take a pay cut. Maybe he would. Maybe he wouldn’t. It’s all hypothetical until the numbers are there. Is it a one-year deal like it is now? Are we adding years? Are we adding dollars? Are we moving dollars?”
The big question for Finley or any other player who faces a pay cut is whether or not they’d be able to get more money on the open market. Baratz likely has some idea about that now, but the timing of a request from the Packers would also matter. If Finley hits the market next week, there may be a better chance of there being a big offer waiting for him than if he were to hit the market once teams have already spent a fair amount of their cash on the first wave of free agents.