Decision day comes on March 27th. That’s the 15th day of the 2013 league year, and also the day on which Finley earns a $4.45 million roster bonus. If the Packers want to avoid paying it, the Packers need to dump him before that date.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there have been no recent developments. Other than, of course, the departure of Crabtree, which could be a factor in the final analysis — especially since the Packers wanted to keep Crabtree. (Of course, if they wanted to keep him badly enough, they would have used a restricted free agency tender.)
The total events of the past week point to, at a minimum, a reduction in Finley’s pay. The free-agency market generally has been a disaster, and it makes no sense to pay a tight end with a habit of dropping passes and griping to the media total compensation of $8.25 million in 2013.