According to both Jason Wilde from ESPN Milwaukee and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers have informed safety Nick Collins that he will be released.
The #Packers have released Nick Collins, according to agent Alan Herman.
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) April 25, 2012
UPDATE: Packers GM Ted Thompson made Collins' release official Wednesday afternoon.
"From the beginning of this process, we have taken our time and sought numerous medical opinions while maintaining consistent dialogue with Nick,” Thompson said, via Silverstein. "In the end, we were not comfortable clearing him to play again. As with all of our players, Nick is a member of our family and we thought of him that way as we came to this conclusion.
“Nick is a part of our core, and this is a very difficult day for all Packers. Making this kind of decision is never easy, especially when it involves someone like Nick Collins. He has meant so much to the community, his teammates and the organization. He is a good man and will always be part of the Packers family.”
Silverstein reported that Green Bay is simply not comfortable with Collins playing again after the veteran safety underwent cervical fusion surgery last season to repair a bulging disc between his C3 and C4 vertebrae. Collins suffered the injury during the second half of Green Bay's Week 2 win over the Carolina Panthers. He was placed on IR soon after the freak injury.
Collins has visited numerous doctors and specialists over the last several months to help determine if he should continue playing in the NFL, but it appears as if the Packers failed to find a comfort level in the results. All along, the Packers' brass seemed uncomfortable with Collins playing again in the NFL.
Whether or not another team—or Collins, for that matter—has or will have a different opinion on his results is yet to be seen.
A second-round pick in 2005, Collins played seven years with the Packers. He recorded 21 career interceptions and was named to three straight Pro Bowls (2008-10). His interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLV was a turning point in Green Bay's eventual world championship.
In releasing the veteran safety, Green Bay will save $3.05 million in cap room for the 2012 season.
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