The agent for Packers Pro Bowl S Nick Collins said that even if his client didn’t have “personal family concerns” to attend to, he still would skip the team’s offseason workouts because of his contract situation, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Here’s what Collins’ agent told the State Journal:
- “There’s been a lot speculation as to why Nick has not participated in the voluntary offseason program. Nick does indeed have legitimate personal family concerns,” agent David Butz said when reached in his office Friday, in his first public comments about Collins’ contract situation.
- “As always, family comes first and foremost with Nick, as it should. But despite any other issues or concerns, Nick would not be attending the offseason program — regardless of any family matters.”
Butz also said that when Collins visited Packers camp as a gesture of good faith earlier this offseason, coaches told him he had earned a pay raise and that team management hopefully would give it to him:
- “Nick clearly deserves a new contract, and we’re not the only ones who realize that,” Butz said. “Shortly before the voluntary offseason program began, Nick had a face-to-face meeting with most of his coaches. During that meeting, many of the coaches, including coach (Mike) McCarthy, told Nick that he had earned a new contract, and that they were going to push for the team to make that happen.
- “Unfortunately, the Packers refuse to even discuss a new deal for Nick, despite our repeated requests to at least explore the possibilities.”
In what has become an ongoing saga, Collins didn’t report to voluntary offseason activities in what initially was reported as a contract dispute. Then it was reported that Collins showed up at the Packers’ offseason conditioning. But Collins later said that he had missed earlier offseason training because of family concerns and that “the contract was never an issue.” However, that was before his agent’s comments to the State Journal on Friday.
Collins’ contract situation comes during an important offseason for the Packers, who are transitioning to a 3-4 defense from a 4-3.