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Packers TE Jermichael Finley Not Willing To Take Pay Cut

Again, this time at the NFL scouting combine, Mike McCarthy offered some strong support for Jermichael Finley, Tyler Dunn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

By all accounts, the coaches in Green Bay would prefer to have Finley back. As documented earlier this week, the Packers are torn on what to do with their starting tight end.

Finley is due a roster bonus of $3.25 million next month and has a cap salary of $8.75 million for 2013.

And it doesn’t sound like he’d be willing to accept less than that in Green Bay. Here’s what Finley said to ESPN’s Josina Anderson when asked what would happen if Green Bay asked him to take a pay cut.

“I’d have to walk for sure, meaning I couldn’t take a pay cut,” Finley said. “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.”

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