Unhappy safety Collins shows up at Packers workouts

Nick Collins against the Detroit Lions during the 2008 season. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Packers safety Nick Collins wants a new contract after making his first Pro Bowl last season. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said disgruntled Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, who is unhappy with his contract, showed up a few times at the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program last week, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    “For him to come in here and work with (safeties coach) Darren Perry and try to catch up with what’s been going on here is important,” McCarthy said. “He spent a lot of time with Darren, had a chance to meet with (defensive coordinator) Dom (Capers).”

The Journal Sentinel said McCarthy met with Collins and expressed some concern with the situation during the Packers’ transition to a 3-4 defense:

    “Sometimes people want to blend the business and football part of it together. In my opinion, that’s not to the benefit of the football team,” McCarthy said. “We respect everybody’s business situations. He’s going through one right now. But we do have a new defense and Nick’s the main communicator in that defense.”

Collins started all 16 games for the Packers in 2008 and earned his first Pro Bowl spot. He tied with veteran CB Charles Woodson for the team lead with seven interceptions and returned three of those picks for touchdowns.

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