Biggs: Collins says "let's make a deal"

That sure didn’t take very long.

Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins has signed the qualifying offer he received as a restricted free agent last week, hopefully kicking into gear what will be positive negotiations toward a longterm contract.

The move prevents Collins from shopping himself to other teams, which he could have done until April 15. He’s now signed to play in 2010 for $3.3 million, but has made it known he’d like a multi-year extension. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel qualified the move as a “good faith gesture” aimed at getting a deal done.

"Based on the tender Nick received and based on Nick's desire to stay with the Packers and to take part in the off-season program, which is something he really wanted to do, he elected to sign the tender," Collins’ agent Alan Herman told Silverstein. "Nick really likes it in Green Bay and wants to stay there. Hopefully, this will help us finalize a deal as we move forward."

Collins was unlikely to draw attention from other teams as an RFA because the Packers put the highest tender possible on him, calling for first- and third-round draft picks if they declined to match an offer sheet. The two-time Pro Bowl performer has put the ball in the court of the Packers.

"We hope to get things moving as free agency moves forward over the next week or so," Herman said.

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