Packers will release Nick Collins

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If safety Nick Collins is able to play again after neck surgery, it won’t be for the Packers.

Collins’ agent told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the Packers have informed Collins that he will be released. Per Silverstein, the team is not comfortable with the prospect of letting Collins back on the field, which follows what coach Mike McCarthy said last month about not going forward with Collins unless it was completely safe for him to play. Collins is still waiting for final word from several doctors about whether he is able to resume his career.

The Packers are now more likely to take a safety in the draft this week, although that was already something that had to be on their radar. Morgan Burnett took over many of Collins’ free safety duties after Collins’ injury last season with Charlie Peprah at strong safety.

Releasing Collins clears a little over $3 million in cap space for the Packers this season. He was due to make a bit over $4 million, with $1 million remaining on the cap because it was part of a signing bonus.

83 responses to “Packers will release Nick Collins

  1. Nick, meet Tom… Tom Collins. You guys maybe spending a lot of time together in the coming days/weeks/years.

  2. Sorry to hear this, best of luck to you Nick Collins, and thanks for all your time with the Packers.

    From all accounts he seems like a smart guy, hopefully he gets good advice.

  3. Heck of a player, and I hope he’s able to recover and find a new team. I’m not even a Packers fan, either.

  4. Does he get the remaing money due him from his four year contract? Since it was a football related injury, does he still gte paid?

  5. wow, great player and even a greater person. Hope he can recover and continue playing. Will never forget his pick 6 in the Super Bowl and diving into the end zone

  6. He will be missed. But I agree with decision. His pick-6 in the SB set the tone for entire game and as a packers fan, I will always cherish that play.

  7. Good luck to Nick Collins. He was a Great Packer.

    Wish they could of given him more time to find out if he can play or not but this is the business of the NFL.

  8. I hope he understands that being healthy is more important than football. I wish him a full recovery.

    As a bears fan, I am glad he isn’t on the field anymore. He was a constant threat out there.

  9. Obviously the Packers care about the welfare of the players. He’s down to only one alternative now. Hello Eagles.

  10. This is the reason players always want new contracts, and more guaranteed money. This young mans life will forever be changed because of an injury that happened playing for this team. Hopefully he gets some sort of money from this, sad story.

  11. Good one, Butters. Also of note is that 1 game prior to this potentially career ending injury, Collins played – yep, you guessed it – the SAINTS!

  12. Get Andy Reid on the phone – an injured safety you can get on a one year deal for next to nothing. Sweet.

  13. classy move by the packers not rushing him back on the field and doing what’s best for him and his family in the future. it’s a very sad day though for all pack fans.

  14. he won’t play again. the packers cutting this stud safety clearly shows he is not good to go. atleast for this year.

    i hope he takes the year off and lets himself heal better. but hey, the broncos need a safety, and they have no problem dishing out hundreds of millions to players with suspect neck injuries.

  15. packer fans are so nice when it comes to their
    own….but other teams losing players….bad
    news…etc….down right you know…why
    is that???

  16. Someone posted above that he would be fine to play next year (so it must be true) if so maybe he can come back to the Pack.

  17. this will be the ultimate test for Washington, if he ends up in dc nothin has changed and if not they are committed to change!!! best of luck to nick tho

  18. I hope he makes the right choice. It’s not easy for football players to walk away at the end of their careers. It’s gotta be even harder to do it in your prime. Sad day. Nick was one hell of a safety.

    Good luck Nick.

  19. Sad day, not just for Packer fans, but anyone who loves and appreciates football. Great player, but an even better person. One of the top safeties in the league. You will be missed Nick.
    G.R.I.N.D. #36

  20. Real nice Pack. Throw insult into injury with Nicks career. Kick him when he’s down. Lousy self serving move, but our defense can’t get any worse so why not?

  21. Helluva playmaker and a real leader on the defense! Sad to see him go, but his health is much more important than a game. Hopefully, he invested his money wisely and is not forced to make a decision based on dollars and not sense.

  22. Clearly, the delays have been attributed to Collins’ attempts to find second opinions to convince the Pack that he could play. Kudos to TT and MM for looking out for his best interest and recommending against playing and the corresponding risks. It’s too bad, but Collins would be wise to retire.

  23. clarkisgod says:
    Apr 25, 2012 11:37 AM
    This just goes to show you that football players are not ALWAYS a piece of meat to a team. Tough call for the pack to make….Good luck Nick!

    *******************************************
    Huh? This is exactly treating him as a piece of meat. Packers don’t want to take a chance that he can’t play and be a more severe cap hit!

  24. This is exactly why each and every franchised player should just hold out. Get the long term contract and guaranteed money… The NFL contracts are a joke and because of an injury this guy doesn’t get his contract through to it’s finality.. I think it should be changed especially if an injury has occurred…

  25. This is the right move by the Packers for Collin’s own safety. If it was his knee, that would be a different story. We’re in an era where many think that the owners treat these players like pieces of meat………I applaud the Packers for their approach on this.

  26. Do the Packers care about him or do they care about liability. A Super Bowl hero should net at least a year of injured reserve to collect a check after he gave you 110% on the field. He may never play again. He never be ABLE to play again. Put him on IR for the year so he can get on his feet and take care of himself for the rest of his life rather than having the rug pulled from underneath him and having to retire due to a career ending injury at age 28 and receive nothing more.

  27. jenniferxxx says:Apr 25, 2012 11:35 AM

    Obviously the Packers care about the welfare of the players. He’s down to only one alternative now. Hello Eagles

    duece5 says:

    Oh yes…..here it comes…..”the packers ‘care’ about their players” dribble.

    The reality is this: it’s a business……if the doctors said he could play, the packers would not release him. They said it was questionable, so they make a BUSINESS decision to release him.

    My guess is that Collins would fully prefer for the packers to NOT cut him, so he can earn $4mil. this year.

    He may or may NOT be able to play again…..it was a BUSINESS decision, so let’s get off the warm and fuzzies.

  28. Why not keep him on the roster and IR him right away? Wouldn’t that be best for him? he gets paid and there is no temptation to sign somewhere else and play? Be real here….the Packers did what was best for the Packers, not Nick Collins.

  29. tramonisland says:Apr 25, 2012 11:54 AM

    classy move by the packers not rushing him back on the field and doing what’s best for him and his family in the future. it’s a very sad day though for all pack fans.

    duece5 says:

    Really puke fan……are you that blind??

    If you talked to Collins, privately, he would hope the packers would “not give up on him”.

    Classy move? Really? They just cut his arse, and he feels betrayed by their lack of committment to him after he gave it his all.

    If they were that “classy”, pay him his $4 million this year!!!

    No NFL takes the risk…….it was a BUSINESS decision.

  30. aintthenazz says:
    Apr 25, 2012 12:11 PM
    clarkisgod says:
    Apr 25, 2012 11:37 AM
    This just goes to show you that football players are not ALWAYS a piece of meat to a team. Tough call for the pack to make….Good luck Nick!

    *******************************************
    Huh? This is exactly treating him as a piece of meat. Packers don’t want to take a chance that he can’t play and be a more severe cap hit!

    McCarthy said he wouldn’t let Collins play again if Collins was his son. The Packers weren’t willing to let him play even if he was healthy, due to the risk of another, even more serious neck injury. If they didn’t care about him and treated him like a piece of meat they’d say “Passed your physical? Get on the field! Sure hope you don’t get paralyzed, but damn does our defense need you!”

  31. Neck surgery issues???

    Evidently the Broncos have no problems with that. Why not give him a shot?

  32. ‘A Super Bowl hero should net at least a year of injured reserve to collect a check after he gave you 110% on the field. ‘
    ————————————–

    He pretty much did get a year of IR pay last year. Having said that, a fused neck is going to remain a fused neck no matter how much time off is given to the player. When your agent is telling you to walk away then that is a pretty good indication you need to walk away.

  33. For those saying that the Packers should keep him and just pay him to be nice that is only a case if Nick Collins can’t play for anyone. If he could play for the other 31 teams, why would he want to sit on the bench?

    Then the same people would complain that the Packers are blocking Nick Collins and should just release him.

    Must be tough being jaded and cynical all the time.

  34. clarkisgod says:Apr 25, 2012 11:37 AM

    This just goes to show you that football players are not ALWAYS a piece of meat to a team. Tough call for the pack to make….Good luck Nick!

    duece5says:

    You are CONFUSED!

    They just TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF MEAT BY CUTTING HIM!!

    Ask Collins if he would rather make $4mil. this year or not!

    If they wanted to treat him well, they could have waited through the offseason, received other medical opinions.

    If it was decided by the beginning of the season that he couldn’t play, put him on IR so the guy could make his $4mil. for the year as AN EARNED REWARD for the sacrifice he made to the pukes.

    That would have been an example of really having your players’ backs.

    But, no team, including mine does this.

    Why?

    Because it’s a BUSINESS.

    All McCarthy did was say a few kind words around the fact that THEY CUT HIM OFF AND HIS $4mil this year!

    Sound the music: “We love you TOO much to let you do this to yourelf, Nick. We have to let you go……we can’t stand to see you hurt anymore”

    Collins: “But I am feeling stronger and the doctors say I have a good chance to play soon.”

    McCarthy: Not listening- “We love you Nick….you will ALWAYS be a packer!”

    Collins: “Coach, I’m not done…..if you cut me, I’ll hound your ass!”

    McCarthy: Not listening-“Mad props 36…..no one can replace you!”

    Collins: “I’ll replace YOU if you cut me dawg……get the ‘eff outta here!”

    McCarthy: Cheese in the brain- “Mad love to you and the fam…..God bless you Nick”

    Music fades……………..

    My goodness puke fans…..GROW UP….get the cheese out of your brain.

    Collins feels totally BETRAYED by you guys not giving him longer……and if he plays again, just think about his motivation to sic it to you guys.

    The dude feels NO love at the moment……and don’t send him flowers.

  35. duece5 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 12:26 PM

    The reality is this: it’s a business……if the doctors said he could play, the packers would not release him. They said it was questionable, so they make a BUSINESS decision to release him.

    Is that why McCarthy basically said he would not let Collins play before Collins was even examined by the doctors? The question is not whether he can play, it’s whether he can play and not be at risk for a more serious injury.


    My guess is that Collins would fully prefer for the packers to NOT cut him, so he can earn $4mil. this year.

    Maybe, or maybe he’d like to play for another team willing to take a risk so his release was granted.

  36. “Really puke fan……are you that blind??

    If you talked to Collins, privately, he would hope the packers would “not give up on him”.

    Classy move? Really? They just cut his arse, and he feels betrayed by their lack of committment to him after he gave it his all.

    If they were that “classy”, pay him his $4 million this year!!!

    No NFL takes the risk…….it was a BUSINESS decision.”
    ———————-

    My God, what a Minnesotan. Pretty sure they IR’d him last year in Week 2. He was signed to a long term deal, and he was paid in full last year.

    What do the Packers gain by letting one of the top safeties in the league go to save money? They signed him to a long term deal that was front-loaded. Unlike the Vikings, they are a financially sound team…and their pass defense was atrocious without him. They need him more than he needs them if he can still play.

    I like how you are so in touch with Nick’s feelings, though, since you’ve obviously talked with him and his family.

  37. Whatever he does, I just hope he stays healthy. Even if that means suiting up for the Vikings and picking Rodgers off for the next 4 seasons. The man has the right to make his own decision, and while it appears that the Packers are doing the responsible thing here, it may come back to bite them in time. Packers brass are willing to take that risk in the name of doing their part to protect Collins’ health.

    To the person who thinks the Packers “owe” Collins a year paid on I.R., you’re insane. He was injured in week 2 last year, he’s already had sufficient time to get his ducks in a row. I highly doubt he’s been counting on NFL income over the past 8 months. He’s had time prepare for whatever situation he’s faced with.

    Sidenote: I’m sure Ted Thompson really appreciates this dipstick agent leaking the news the day before the draft. This guy isn’t even his primary agent. thanks, doofus.

  38. Between Clifton and Collins, these past few days have been a harsh dose of reality for Packers faithful. Good to see that the management respects their players enough to protect their safety. Both should end up in the Packers HOF someday.

  39. To all those trolling about Collins and money, in 2010 he signed a 3 year extension for and added $23 million.

    In the 2010 he pulled down something like $14 million in bonuses and base salary and was the *highest paid* player on the team that season. He’s already received most of the money from the contract since it was front loaded.

  40. Apparently The Packers Team Physician thought Collins was at risk for fuurther injury. Collins has likely been told not to play with the condition of his neck.

    It is too bad Nick wont be able to play. He was one of the better Defensive players on that unit.

    Ted Thompson will find someone to take nicks place. Ted has a way of finding talent and developing talent .

    The Packers will be fine, and their Defense has nowhere to go but up.

  41. duece5 says:Apr 25, 2012 12:26 PM
    1: Oh yes…..here it comes…..”the packers ‘care’ about their players” dribble.
    2: The reality is this: it’s a business……if the doctors said he could play, the packers would not release him. They said it was questionable, so they make a BUSINESS decision to release him.
    3: My guess is that Collins would fully prefer for the packers to NOT cut him, so he can earn $4mil. this year.
    4: He may or may NOT be able to play again…..it was a BUSINESS decision, so let’s get off the warm and fuzzies.”
    ——————————————
    1: McCarthy: “If he were my son, I wouldn’t let him play.”
    2: Business revolves around winning, keeping Nick helps us win, yet it risks him living in a wheel chair…. business no longer matters in this situation.
    3: He was the highest paid player in 2010, he’s got money, money in this situation shouldn’t matter considering there’s a risk of being stephan hawkins.
    4: Or you could get off the trollin’ bs and quit annoying people… helps everyone win.

  42. duece5says:

    You are CONFUSED!

    They just TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF MEAT BY CUTTING HIM!!

    Ask Collins if he would rather make $4mil. this year or not!

    If they wanted to treat him well, they could have waited through the offseason, received other medical opinions.

    If it was decided by the beginning of the season that he couldn’t play, put him on IR so the guy could make his $4mil. for the year as AN EARNED REWARD for the sacrifice he made to the pukes.

    That would have been an example of really having your players’ backs.

    But, no team, including mine does this.

    Why?

    Because it’s a BUSINESS.

    All McCarthy did was say a few kind words around the fact that THEY CUT HIM OFF AND HIS $4mil this year!

    Sound the music: “We love you TOO much to let you do this to yourelf, Nick. We have to let you go……we can’t stand to see you hurt anymore”

    Collins: “But I am feeling stronger and the doctors say I have a good chance to play soon.”

    McCarthy: Not listening- “We love you Nick….you will ALWAYS be a packer!”

    Collins: “Coach, I’m not done…..if you cut me, I’ll hound your ass!”

    McCarthy: Not listening-”Mad props 36…..no one can replace you!”

    Collins: “I’ll replace YOU if you cut me dawg……get the ‘eff outta here!”

    McCarthy: Cheese in the brain- “Mad love to you and the fam…..God bless you Nick”

    Music fades……………..

    My goodness puke fans…..GROW UP….get the cheese out of your brain.

    Collins feels totally BETRAYED by you guys not giving him longer……and if he plays again, just think about his motivation to sic it to you guys.

    The dude feels NO love at the moment……and don’t send him flowers.
    ————————————–

    Kid, consider hard drugs and alcohol, fast cars and faster women. Live fast and die young. When you are THIS stupid, you’re future is pretty bleak anyway.

  43. Hey pack fans, I just got a little puke in my mouth reading all of these love letters to Nick. What a bunch of Sally’s. SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Hilarious seeing puke fans so riled……..

    I think they are just giddy the PFT actually wrote something about the team.

    And by the way, we call him Nicky, dude is pissed.

    The pathetic D of the pukes gets worse………..

  45. duece5 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 2:32 PM
    Hilarious seeing puke fans so riled……..

    I think they are just giddy the PFT actually wrote something about the team.

    And by the way, we call him Nicky, dude is pissed.

    The pathetic D of the pukes gets worse………..

    I only see you getting riled. You’d best up your medication… Once you get a clear head you’ll realize how boring “puke” is as an insult.

  46. It IS a business and no doubt money came into the decision.

    But Nick Collins is an excellent player, and I am sure that if the Packers were like other teams that just care about selling tickets, they would play them. But Mike McCarthy said if Nick was his own son, he would not let him play. Collins had a great career, made a lot of money, and won a superbowl. He should walk away before he sustains a serious injury.

    This has nothing to do with lack of loyalty–I think is was the most loyal decision to Nick to let him go. No Packers fan wants him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

  47. McCarthy’s comments about Collins were made over a month ago, well before the test results were released. He wasn’t ever going to play another down as a Packer.

    McCarthy’s quotes in February.

    “To me, we’re not talking about a roster spot here. We’re talking about a man that’s married and has a family. That’s where I’m at.”

    The possibility that Collins could be reinjured “scares the hell out of me personally,” McCarthy said.

  48. Is it possible… just possible… that this is the best decision both personally and business wise? If he cant play anymore, obviously it was a business decision. But, sounds like he could. So, nick still wants to play. Packers arent going to play him because of further injury, posiibly life altering injuries. Release him and he can go play for someone else.

  49. chrisritch93 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 12:06 PM
    Raiders will sign him if healthy
    ————————————

    Hey numb nuts. The Packers wouldn’t cut him if he was healthy!

  50. Burnett took over most of Collins’ duties – except, you know, making sure people were in the right place, being a good tackler… little stuff like that. Packers REALLY need to find another safety, maybe the kid from LSU.
    Good luck to Nick in life After Football.

  51. Lost Collins and Won the title for most passing yards EVER given up in a season. This HURTS. I dont see why we dont keep him around a month or two longer and get more doctor’s opinions. They say they are concerned for his health but he has the same chance of getting hurt in GB than he does anywhere else in the country. Ultimately it is up to Nick so let him play in GB if that is what he wants! McCarthy/Thompson are not protecting him at all by cutting him if he steps foot on the field somehwere else.

  52. In detroit at the moment we love players that have talent but are stricken with concussions, foot problems,torn up knees or high…or both!..so if the doc gives ya the green light come to dtown! We could use some depth at safety.

    I forgot anger issues..go lions!

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