As the uncapped year of NFL free agency is in full swing, to no surprise, the Packers have once again been relatively quiet.
Among the moves that have transpired in recent weeks, both safety Nick Collins and corner Tramon Williams received 1st and 3rd round tenders. And while that may appear to be business as usual to the naked eye, it’s no surprise that Collins was once again irked by the disrespect the front office has shown him and his agents, Herman and Dave Butz. Earlier today it was just announced that Collins has signed that one-year tender, worth $3.3 million. And while talk of a holdout will go away, long-term deal discussion is still at a standstill.
Seriously what is it with not paying this kid? The 26 year old has 13 interceptions in the past two years, to go along with three which he took to the house. Drafted in the second round out of Bethune-Cookman, he wasn’t the flashy pick at the time, but he’s proven to be on the cusp of a top-10 safety in the league. That’s nothing against Tramon Williams, because he performed admirably in a starting role last season after Al Harris went down with a torn ACL, and looks to be an integral part of Dom Capers’ secondary for years to come. But heck, even Derrick Martin, almost exclusively a special teamer (remember the Steelers game? Yep, that’s why), got $1.2 million. Does production mean anything in the NFL anymore? I’d be frustrated too, Nick.
Post-Combine Draft Outlook: Expect Ted Thompson to have several positions at the forefront of his board come pick #23 in April. Among those should be a pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker after the loss of Aaron Kampman to the Jaguars, an understudy at left tackle after Chad Clifton retires and possibly a running back to ease the load off of Ryan Grant. Some names to remember:
~ Sergio Kindle, Texas (pictured above)
~ Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
~ Brandon Graham, Michigan
~ Bruce Campbell, Maryland
~ Anthony Davis, Rutgers
~ Charles Brown, USC
~ Jahvid Best, Cal
~ Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
That’s it for now. More to come in a few weeks- you should all know how giddy I get over the draft.