Will Jermichael Finley be back with the Packers? The chances seem to be slipping. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Sounds like Jermichael Finley may be packing his bags

Will Jermichael Finley be trying to continue to establish a chemistry with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in 2013. We hope not.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Remember about a month or so ago when Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said his chances of re-signing with his team sat at about 50/50?

Well, those chances seem to be dropping with each passing hour, day and week.

In an interview today with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Finley was sounding pretty cold about the Packers, saying that they were doing in the “Packer way.” Just what that is, I’m not sure, but Finley seems to know – if you read between the lines, Finley is packing his bags and seems poised to hit the free agent market running.

“The Packers are barely talking to me right now,” Finley said. “I know they’re just doing it the Packer way and playing it close to the vest. I haven’t got a call. I haven’t got a text asking me to take a pay cut or to restructure my deal at this point–not at all.”

But when asked about the possibility of taking a pay cut, Finley wasn’t about to do his best impersonation of Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger: 

“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.”

We wrote here this past weekend that it was time for the Packers to part ways with Finley, and his attitude was just one of the reasons. The other was his salary and the fact that he would be a hired hand for a single season. Yes, he’s a talent, but the Green Bay Packers will be better off without his mouth and his dropped passes.

Time to move on, Ted Thompson. Start eyeing up the tight end talent in the draft.

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