Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Collins, Jerseys, and Robert De Niro

Even though he sounds like he's got a mouth full of peanut butter every time he talks, Nick Collins is awesome. He's a great football player, and he needs to be a Packer for a long time. All year long we were waiting for Ted Thompson to give him a long-term contract, but it never came. Well it looks like we may be getting closer to that happening, as Collins as agreed to stay a Packer for at least another season.

Collins has signed his restricted free agent tender, which essentially nets him a one-year deal for $3.3 million. It's actually really impressive that Collins did sign this thing, because as Tom Silverstein explains it means that Collins couldn't be more serious about wanting to be a Packer for a long, long time.

"... signing the tender isn't a big deal. But most restricted free agents in Collins' position don't sign the tender because being unsigned is the only leverage they have in negotiations. Being unsigned pretty much assures that they won't take part in any off-season workout programs and won't be on the field for the mandatory mini-camp.

It's obvious that Collins would not have signed the tender if he didn't think the Packers were also serious about getting a deal done. (His agent) said he didn't think it would take that long for the two sides to hammer out a contract that would be satisfactory to both sides once they get heavy into negotiations..."

So that's good news. Also good news? It looks like the Packers will be going ahead with an alternate jersey this season after all, which is great news for people like me who geek out about that sort of thing for no reason. As we talked about earlier, it's likely to be a navy and gold throwback, but we'll know for sure once they unveil the design at their Fan Fest this Friday.

In other Packers news, the legendary Vince Lombardi will be portrayed by none other than Bob De Niro in a film that's appropriately going to be titled "Lombardi". The film is going to be released during the weekend in between the conference championships and the Super Bowl in 2012, which is coincidentally one week before the Packers win their second Super Bowl title in two years.

The film is produced by ESPN, but from the looks of it this will be an actual studio film rather than some "Season on the Brink" type disaster. I'm excited for this movie zero percent, even though it's going to have the Green Bay Packers written all over it. What I'm dreading is Robert De Niro's predictably awful Vince Lombardi impression. We'll see how that turns out.


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