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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Black and Blue all over: No holdout for Collins

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

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.)