Nick Collins Made A Cameo Only

Packers fans exhaled a bit when safety Nick Collins showed up for offseason workouts this week.
But maybe they shouldn’t.
As Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, Collins showed up only once last week.  And he merely watched a little bit of practice, left with players who were rehabbing injuries, and never returned.
“He went through the jog-through, and then went with the rehab [group],” coach McCarthy said Wednesday.  “He obviously hasn’t been here, so we’ll see how the rehab workout went.  I have not had a chance to visit with the trainers and see where Nick is.  Once again, these segments are voluntary.”
Collins has boycotted most of the offseason workouts because he wants a new contract.  His involvement in preparations for the regular season is critical, given that the Packers are shifting from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4.
The next test for Collins comes Monday, when the Packers start a mandatory minicamp.

12 responses to “Nick Collins Made A Cameo Only

  1. In an unrelated comment, Florio, I wish that you would stop being so judgmental towards all these players. It’s endearing that you are so sanctimonious when discussing Ochocinco or the latest arrest, but at the same time I would hope someday you finally get that these athletes are exposed to a spotlight most of us could not live under. At least no without know-it-all blogwriters calling us out for things we might or might not have actually done.
    I don’t want to be too preachy, but I really hope the next time you level criticism you take a second to think about just how sure you are the person deserves blame. When we start making snap judgments about the moral character of a person we are cheapening the legal process. You should know that, of all people.
    And one last thing, since I’m going to be so opinionated today…
    Donte Stallworth, to me, is a worse human being that Michael Vick. The mitigating factors I keep hearing about the Stallworth sentencing is that it would have been hard to prove what happened and that the man he killed was jaywalking. The bottom line is you shouldn’t be driving at 4am drunk. Ever. I don’t care that Vick’s crime was premeditated, farther reaching, and more drawn out. As adults, we are all required to make responsible decisions, and to me if Stallworth isn’t held accountable in a way that makes Vick’s punishment seem pale by comparison we will have seen a great injustice. The taking of a human life, even by accident, should never be something you can bribe your way out of to catch a slap on the wrist.
    We all know if Donte Stallworth didn’t have enough money to pay off that family, or to pay for a high-end lawyer, there is no way he gets the sentence he did. It is unjust, and for you or anyone else to say that his crime was no big deal is absolutely crazy to me.
    So, yeah, less opinion, more facts, Florio. It’s bad enough I have to deal with World of Warcraft ads AND NBC.

  2. Packers got enough cap room. They just don’t want to pay anybody it seems. End of an era sadly.

  3. Collins is being an ASS, one good season and then wants the big deal.Too many failures with this A. Freeman, R. Grant, etc.
    Thompson is doing the right thing

  4. screamingidiot says:
    June 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm
    Packers got enough cap room. They just don’t want to pay anybody it seems. End of an era sadly.
    Get a clue. There are guys that are more pressing to sign than Nick Collins right now. Greg Jennings is priority #1. Period. Collins had one good season and went to the Pro Bowl. Obviously he wants to strike while the iron is hot, but the reality is that the Packers need to see him pick up where he left off this season AND see that he can actually be an effective safety in the 3-4 before they pay him a truckload of cash. Given that his escalator clause bumped his salary to 3.4 million this season, he’s getting paid very well to prove himself in the 3-4. Plus, he won’t be a free agent next year anyways since it will most likely be an uncapped year and he would need 6 years accrued to become one.

  5. I think the Packers have enough money tied up in the secondary with Al Harris and Charles Woodson. Yes they are old and won’t be around forever. As mentioned above, Collins had one good year. He was terrible until last season. I would make him prove himself this year as well. I know Anthony Smith had some rough games with Pittsburgh, but I’d be willing to risk it with him as starter over paying Collins big bucks this season. He’s just missing the voluntary parts of camp. He’s a big boy, it will be his responsibility to catch up. He should also ask Ryan Grant how much holding out affected his season.

  6. JaredAllen69 says:
    June 20th, 2009 at 11:25 pm
    The FudgePackers are a cheap organization. Why would anyone want to play for them?
    apparently you’re a fan of 69ing jared allen. gross dude

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