Friday, May 4, 2012
BBAO: Nick Collins weighing options
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins hasn't decided whether to pursue a job with another team or retire, according to his agent via ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde.
The Packers released Collins last week because they think a neck injury he suffered in September 2011 makes his return too risky. I wouldn't be surprised at all, however, if other teams have made inquiries about his health and status. Collins was a three-time Pro Bowl player and one of the NFL's best safeties before his injury.
Every team's medical staff is different, and there are no black and white answers with Collins' medical history. Someone might be willing to clear him. Ultimately, the decision could be up to Collins.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers draft pick Andrew Datko has been dealing with a left shoulder injury since college, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- The Packers haven't reached out to free agent running back Ryan Grant, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and it can only be assumed they are not interested in re-signing him.
- Grant has received a contract offer from the Detroit Lions and will visit their facility Monday, writes Eric Lacy of the Detroit News.
- Justin Rogers of Mlive.com has a transcript of Lions coach Jim Schwartz's recent appearance on NFL Network.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has a profile of new Lions cornerback Jonte Green.
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune ranks the top draft picks of former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo.
- The Bears waived safety Winston Venable, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
- Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers on Monday's vote for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, via the Star Tribune: "I don't know that there are the votes in the Republican caucus, or the votes [overall], at this point."
- Zellers appeared Thursday afternoon on KFAN-100.3 to explain his position on the stadium.
- The Vikings will give the son of assistant head coach Mike Singletary, linebacker Matt Singletary, a tryout during rookie minicamp this weekend, according to Adam Caplan via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.