Thursday, July 30, 2009
Black and Blue all over: No holdout for Collins
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
It always seemed unlikely that Green Bay safety Nick Collins would hold out from training camp, but his agent is now making clear that Collins will report on time this week.
Collins is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $3.045 million this season, and he missed a chunk of the offseason program as it became clear the Packers were not immediately interested in opening negotiations on an extension. Agent Dave Butz told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that Collins hoped to start some consistent contract dialogue, but that a lack of progress to this point won't be enough to keep Collins away from camp.
Packers players begin moving into their dorm rooms Thursday at St. Norbert College. Their first practice is Saturday.
I'll be hanging around Minnesota's camp in Mankato, Minn., and will bring you a couple of pre-camp (of the non-Hewhoshallnotbenamed variety) a bit later.
For now, let's catch up after a bit of a late start. (Man, those new Fairfield Inn mattresses are nice.)
- The Packers still have to sign both of their first-round picks, but talks are moving especially slowly with defensive tackle B.J. Raji, according to Tom Silverstein and Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Regardless of what Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher might or might not have said about quarterback Jay Cutler, their relationship isn't important from a football perspective, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
- Free-agent receiver Matt Jones said in a radio interview that his agent has spoken with the Bears, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. But did the agent, or the Bears, initiate the call?
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press offers an in-depth profile of Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who said he has no problem ceding the limelight to quarterback Matthew Stafford. Pettigrew: "The cameras and all the flashy stuff, that's just not my style."
- Lions coach Jim Schwartz on how he will conduct the team's quarterback competition: "The plan is we don't have a plan," John Niyo of the Detroit News explains.
- The Vikings aren't sure whether first-round pick Percy Harvin will be signed in time for Friday's 9 a.m. practice, write Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- Businesses in Mankato, Minn., estimate they will lose $10 million in revenue because Brett Favre won't be at the Vikings' training camp. Rick Alonzo and Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press have the story.