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Packers' Finley won't take pay cut

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Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley told ESPN Wednesday that he's not willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Packers.

The tight end is due a $3 million roster bonus March 27 and rumors last season suggested that the team would release or trade him, saving $8.25 million. He told ESPN that he hasn't been contacted about restructuring the two-year deal he signed last offseason.

"The Packers are barely talking to me right now," he told ESPN. "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."

Should the Packers reach out, Finley said he'd rather be released than accept less money.

"I'd have to walk for sure, meaning I couldn't take a pay cut," he told ESPN. "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."

The 25-year-old caught 61 passes for 667 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
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