Colledge considering skipping offseason program
There continues to be noise that Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Daryn Colledge is unhappy with his second-round tender, and now his agent has told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that Colledge may skip part or all of the voluntary offseason program.
The Packers kick things off on Monday and wrap up with the mandatory minicamp June 21-23, by which time the Colledge situation will likely have resolved itself, at least to a degree.
Colledge is unhappy he does not have a longterm contract, and is also upset he didn’t get a higher tender from the Packers, who will have to pay him $1.759 million this season at the second-round level. He’s hardly the most pressing issue for the organization, which needs to find a way to come to terms with Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins.
“That’s the only thing you have to try to make the team talk to you or deal with you, is to withhold services for a while,” Colledge’s agent Jeff Sperbeck told Daugherty. “You can go sign it and do it and hope something gets worked out. We had a nice conversation (with the Packers) at the (NFL scouting) combine, so we’ll see what comes of it.”
As things stand right now, Green Bay figures to have Colledge and Jason Spitz, also tendered as a restricted free agent at the second round level, compete for the starting left guard job. And here is what Colledge hasn’t addressed: He didn’t play well in 2009, certainly not well enough to give the club the confidence to throw big money at him. That’s why he finds himself in this situation.
RFA’s have until April 15 to sign offer sheets from other clubs. As Daugherty points out, June 15 is the day which clubs can reduce the tender offers made to players to 110 percent of their 2009 salary, a move than would mean a pay cut of more than $1.1 million for Colledge.
The public posturing cannot be going over well with the Packers, either, unless it is designed to help spark a trade.
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