This isn’t good.
Nick Collins doesn’t want a new deal before reporting to the Green Bay Packers’ offseason strength and conditioning program. But the Pro Bowl safety would at least like the team to start talking to him about one.
With no negotiations on the horizon, Collins is staying home in Florida and not attending the team’s offseason workouts, which kicked off Monday, an NFL source said Thursday evening.
Collins, 25, was named an NFC starter at safety for the Pro Bowl last month after registering 99 tackles and seven interceptions last season, returning three of those INTs for touchdowns. He has played and started 63 of a possible 66 games during his four NFL seasons, with 11 career interceptions.
Collins, who entered the league as a second-round pick in 2005 and signed a five-year deal, has one year remaining on his rookie contract. His agent, Dave Butz, was not available for comment Thursday night…
Meanwhile, wide receiver Greg Jennings, who was drafted in 2006 but signed only a four-year contract, is also entering the final year of his deal and is the Packers’ top re-signing priority.
The source said the Packers have identified Jennings as the first player to negotiate with on a new deal among a number of key contributors set to become free agents following the 2009 season.
I like Collins and hope the Packers can resign him. But they’re wise to make Jennings the priority.