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Nick Collins says he’s “ready for action”

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No one has included Nick Collins on the list of safeties available in free agency this year, but that’s not the result of a massive oversight.

Collins hasn’t played in a game since the second week of the 2011 season because of a neck injury, which led to cervical fusion surgery and his release from the Packers before the next season started because they would not medically clear him. General Manager Ted Thompson and Collins’ agent both said they’d counsel him to stop playing, but Collins insisted he wasn’t giving up the game.

He appears to be sticking to that claim. Collins sent out a tweet late Monday night saying that he’s “ready for action” and followed that up with one alerting teams looking for a “top notch free safety” that he’s “ready to dominate.”

The two years spent on the sideline will be a massive obstacle for Collins to overcome, but that’s only something to worry about if he gets cleared medically. Given the severity of his injury, that’s far from a sure thing even if teams still have memories of how well Collins, who turns 31 in August, played for Green Bay.

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28 Responses to “Nick Collins says he’s “ready for action””
  1. scoops1 says: Feb 4, 2014 2:03 PM

    sorry nick…huge fan of you when you played for the pack….

    but its north it anymore

  2. steelbydesign says: Feb 4, 2014 2:05 PM

    Steelers could desperately use Collins to replace Ryan Clark.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2014 2:06 PM

    You’d think a Packer fan would want him back with the way your secondary looked the past two years.

  4. thepftpoet says: Feb 4, 2014 2:07 PM

    Join the Vikings dynasty.

    You could be our 2nd string waterboy.

  5. backdapack4evr says: Feb 4, 2014 2:10 PM

    looks like the vikings will have a new safety

  6. thevikesarebest says: Feb 4, 2014 2:10 PM

    I hope the cheese heads are ready for the vikings to own the NFC north and them for years to comeSKOL

  7. backdapack4evr says: Feb 4, 2014 2:19 PM

    for never winning anything the Viking trolls sure talk alot of smack!!

    Win something then we will take you serious!!

  8. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 4, 2014 2:22 PM

    Bears need him badly!

  9. dwarftosser says: Feb 4, 2014 2:23 PM

    Great player. Not sure this is the best decision for him, but I hope he has success and stays healthy.

  10. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 4, 2014 2:32 PM

    Come back to Green Bay. Our secondary could use some help.

  11. tdubdizzle says: Feb 4, 2014 2:34 PM

    If he does get cleared by doctors I bet my bottom dollar Reggie Mckenzie brings him in for a look.

  12. bears0492 says: Feb 4, 2014 2:36 PM

    He’s coming to the Bears. Collins has familiarity with the team from his days with the Packers, and the Bears have as big a hole at safety as any team.

    Plus, I doubt there is going to be a huge market for him, so they could get him for under 2 mil a year

  13. backdapack4evr says: Feb 4, 2014 2:43 PM

    GOOD IDEA!!

    Move camp Snoopy into the new stadium!!

    Wouldnt that be more entertaining than a Vikings game!!

  14. whatjusthapped says: Feb 4, 2014 3:05 PM

    2 years out of the NFL, age 31, one hit away from a wheelchair for the rest of your life, I’d say its time to hang up the cleats.

    but since he is on the downside of his career, I assume he wants to make more than he is really worth and he’s an Ex Packer, then it fits the profile FA that the Vikings always sign.

  15. glennsyank13 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:11 PM

    So is Collins under contract with the Packers still or has his contract been voided?

  16. ariani1985 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:12 PM

    Come to green bay, we play clown music at our practices!

  17. shayeezy says: Feb 4, 2014 3:12 PM

    john dorsey needs to give him a call.

    if medically cleared, he and eric berry would be a force.

  18. nfl4days says: Feb 4, 2014 3:19 PM

    Come down south to NO!

  19. jcbadger34 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:21 PM

    Tarvaris Jackson has one more Super Bowl ring than the entire, 53-year-old Vikings organization.

    LOL.

  20. ma5terbla5t3r says: Feb 4, 2014 3:23 PM

    I was happy when he went down, I was happy when he retired, and I’m happy to have him come back to see him get knocked down again.

  21. ariani1985 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:30 PM

    Tarvaris jakson 2-0 lifetime vs softie rodgers! Enough said.

  22. therooneyskilledwebster says: Feb 4, 2014 3:50 PM

    Someone may want to tell him the season is over.

  23. deltaoracle says: Feb 4, 2014 3:50 PM

    Glad all PFT readers get to see the class and sense of reality of Viking fans, who are celebrating their 54th straight pre-season World Championship. Usually they hibernate from late November until April, but oh well.
    As for Collins, no doubt his great spirit is willing. But the flesh and bones are no longer strong enough. Let it go, #36.

  24. jdhein22 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:26 PM

    Nick Collins is completely a free agent. The Packers released him when they would not clear him medically. This was in April 2012. Yes, you read that, 2012.

    Nick Collins has been saying that he has wanted to return to play since then. For 2 years.

    On 9/15/13 he tweeted, “Im wondering why no team in the NFL not showing interest in me.. #notcool”.

    So, I do not think that this is really news. Because circa April 2012 – Nick Collins wants to return to NFL. No team has signed him because seemingly his neck injury is too risky to play with. The end.

  25. stellarperformance says: Feb 4, 2014 4:58 PM

    My goodness, just listen to the Viking trolls. Unlimited boasting with nothing in the bank. Typical. Another year of All-Hat N0-Cattle.

  26. purpleguy says: Feb 4, 2014 6:06 PM

    Unfortunately, the Viking trolling was created by certain cheeser trolling and it’s now past being ridiculous.

    As to Collins, I hope I’m wrong, but I envision 10 years from now reading one of those where are they now stories about Collins living in constant pain and disability because he continued to play with a messed up neck.

  27. axespray says: Feb 4, 2014 6:58 PM

    An Awesome Player – with him in the back end – our guys up front would dial up all sorts of crazy blitz looks – Tramon and Shields would play press and jump passes w/o having to worry about getting burnt for a TD.

    But I wouldn’t want him to risk getting crippled or anything…

  28. titletownphipsi says: Feb 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    If he is half the saftey he was when he was playing GB needs to sign him!! Since he was injured in that game the defense went from first to worst. Since he left that secondary has been horrendous. No ability to cover or tackle in space.

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