We didn't even make it to the draft without our first batch of home-brewed trouble. We've talked ad nauseum about how Ted Thompson hasn't signed any free agents so that he could resign the talent we already have. Unfortunately, he hasn't managed to resign the two most important players: Nick Colins and Greg Jennings.
Collins, a Pro Bowl safety, decided to skip the offseason strength and conditioning program to force the Packers to start negotiations for a lucrative extension. Which, as of a week ago, wasn't the plan.
Collins told reporters as recently as last weekend that he planned to attend the start of the program. But according to Wilde, those plans changed after a series of meetings that included general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers have made receiver Greg Jennings their top priority for internal extensions, according to the report.
Collins deserves an extension, no question about it. Jennings also deserves an extension. Between the two of them, there's going to be a lot of money going around, and Thompson naturally needs to set a priority on who gets paid first.
Personally, I think it's more important that Jennings stays put in the offense than Collins staying put on the defense. Collins was a Pro Bowler mainly due to his gaudy interception total, a stat which varies widely year-to-year. However, I don't want to lose Collins because of his promise. All things considered, if we had to overpay someone, I'd rather it be Jennings.
What to do, what to do?