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No support for Collins here… or elsewhere for that matter

Nick Collins, who has not missed any mandatory team activities, skipped out on all of the optional OTA’s this off season.  Apparently, his 3.045 million dollar contract for 2009 is not enough for him.  While the rest of his team was implementing a new defensive scheme at optional OTA sessions, Collins worked out alone.

To his credit, Collins had a lot on his plate this off season.  His father died last month after battling cancer for three years.  Undoubtedly, grief is a legitimate reason to miss team workouts.  I feel for the guy.  However, at some point he needs to start playing football again.  In his own words, “It’s a tough situation, but you’ve got to move forward.”

My ability to empathize ceased to exist after reading his latest comments.  When asked about his future in Green Bay, he responded, “That’s out of my hands.  I can’t control what they think about me, what they’re going to decide to do. All I can do is control what Nick Collins can control, and that’s go out there and play football.”  Speaking in the third person alone is enough to alienate most fans, but this contract dispute crosses the line.

Now, if he was only being paid a base salary of $545,000, there may be reason enough to protest, BUT $2.5 million of his 2009 salary is already part of an incentive clause in his contract.  In the agreement, the Packers guaranteed Nick Collins that they would reward him for success on the field, which they have.

So, let’s be honest.  He is still under contract and he should honor that, play out this season, and demand more money as a free agent next year.  Nick Collins has no legitimate grievance here.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King put it like this.

“So what exactly is the problem here? The clause was put in to make sure Collins would not get screwed in the final year of his contract, and he absolutely is not. He’s a top 25, top 30 NFL defensive back. He’s not Troy Palamalu, not Ed Reed. I daresay, yet, he’s not even Polamalu’s running mate in the Steelers backfield, Ryan Clark.  And he wants monster money. I’m told there’s a good chance the Packers are going to let him sit and have no intention in re-doing his contract. They shouldn’t.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Players like Nick Collins are cancerous.  Let him go the way of Mike Mckenzie.

Technically, he has done nothing wrong yet, but his absence sends a strong message. He is just another greedy, spoiled, and arrogant NFLer. Outside of his agent, himself, and a few other greedy players union members, there seems to be little, if any, public support for his threatened holdout.

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One Response to “No support for Collins here… or elsewhere for that matter”

  1. Tony says:

    Some players that make the pro bowl really need to understand that they simply made the list by default.

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