Shared by Josina Anderson of ESPN through a social media outlet, she quotes tight end Jermichael Finley as saying the Packers have not approached him to take less money. Finley went on to say, "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. 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." Finley can't be blamed for taking less money. He might not make $8 million per year if he were released, but there will definitely be interest on the free agent market. I still contend the Packers should attempt to trade Finley. I just don't know how much interest there is from other teams in acquiring a player with a one-year contract for a substantial sum of money.
Now that suspended Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is to be reinstated by the NFL, attention turns to whether the Packers would welcome him back. The Packers retain his rights under a one-year restricted free agent tender he signed back in 2010. "Once Jolly is reinstated, the Packers can have conversations with his agent about restructuring his contract," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If the Packers did take him back, it's likely it would be on a minimum-wage contract." As long as Jolly were agree to a lesser contact, I don't see any reason why the Packers wouldn't give him a shot. Under a restructured contract, he can take part in the entire offseason program and training camp before the Packers would have to make a decision about keeping him on their roster in September. They could always cut him and be no worse off.
The Packers have reportedly hired the nephew of former Green Bay defensive lineman Santana Dotson as an area scout. "Alonzo Dotson, who was a defensive end for Oklahoma University from 2003-07, joined the Packers’ scouting staff at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last week," writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. The article doesn't say which area of the country Dotson will scout, but he has ties to the southern part of the country in Houston in addition to Oklahoma.
Winners and losers from the NFL Combine are listed at the Journal Sentinel.
The potential of Cullen Jenkins joining the Packers is touched upon at Packer Report.
Whether the Packers will place the franchise tag on Greg Jennings is explored at PackersTalk.com.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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