The agent for Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley confirmed to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wednesday that the team has yet to approach his client about taking a pay cut.
“There’d have to be a reason why he would have to take a pay cut. Maybe he would. Maybe he wouldn’t,” agent Blake Baratz told Dunne. “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?”
Baratz also said that Finley’s side would entertain the idea, despite the tight end’s insistence last month to ESPN that he would rather be released than take a paycut.
“I would never just turn my nose up at anything,” Baratz said. “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.”
Finley has a $3 million bonus due March 27, so the Packers have roughly three weeks to take action on the tight end’s future in Green Bay. It would seem unlikely that the Packers would pay the $3 million and then release or re-structure Finley’s deal.
The 25-year-old caught 61 passes for 667 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. He’ll make $8.25 million in total money next season, the final year of a two-year deal signed in February of 2012.