pwbowen wrote:There are some guys who would be insulted that their own team would low-ball them and then go take a similar offer somewhere else.
Nobody said anything about low-ball.
But yes, there is a degree of pride to not paying a pay-cut. I mean, in re-negotiation both sides need to give something up. For a pay-cut, Woodson would need some sort of longer-term deal, and I doubt the Packers have any intention of it.
The Packers weren't obligated to release him until the start of training camp (that's the first time he's owed a roster bonus). The fact that they did so now speaks volumes about the amicable break-up and the extent (or lack thereof) of the negotiations, and about Woodson not being in GB's long-term plan.
GB: "We can't afford the deal we gave you, wanna work the next 2 years for the same price?"
GB: "Darn. Okay, bye!"
Of course, being 37 this fall, he doesn't have many years left for a long-term deal.
But still, for a 1-2 year deal, he's going to be asking $4-6 million/year. He'll probably start at 6 or more, but as he circles the league a few times it'll go down.