As we are emerged in the flat cap era so many players are taking pay cuts to help their team stay under the cap and give them the financial flexibility to pursue free agents. Of course we saw the Patriots’ Tom Brady get praise for taking a team friendly deal.
The Green Bay Packers’ tight end Jermichael Finley, won’t be one of those players. He is set to count for $8.75 million against the cap and won’t take a deal to help the team.
“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.”
He is due a roster bonus of $3.5 million in March, so any decision should be made before then. If he is released he could be taking a pay cut regardless.