Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal is reporting that Nick Collins is going to be released from the Packers due to his major neck injury last year that almost left him paralyzed. The Packers nor Nick Collins divulged the test results for Nick as of yet which means they could have come back as very negative. The only thing we really know is that Nick Collins still wants to play and that the Packers are not willing to have him do that for them.
However, before the test results ever came back Mike McCarthy had already said if Collins was his son he wouldn't allow him to play. That to me says they were not going to be comfortable playing him no matter what the tests revealed. The question I pose is if he is cleared to play should the Raiders take a gamble and allow him to play for them?
For me, I don't think Collins should ever play again period. It simply is not worth becoming paralyzed for, but that was my opinion of Peyton Manning as well. There is no doubt that if he is able to play that Nick Collins is one of the best safeties in the league though. He also would be a major liability to the team if he did get injured again.
If he is going to play and is cleared by the doctors to do so then that is his decision. If he is able to play I would take the risk to bring him in. He is a ball hawking safety that can play both man to man and zone well, while also being great at help defense. Great instincts and great hands. If he can play according to the doctors then he is going to play somewhere so I would bring him in. Due to his major injury nobody is going to be paying him the money he is worth so we could possibly get him cheap.
Of course there is always the fact that this is just a report and has not been announced by the Green Bay organization but when it comes the Packers the Milwaukee Journal is usually right on with these type of announcements. Honestly I hope that Collins makes the best decision for his health and family and does not suit up for anybody again, but if he does he would look really nice in Silver and Black.
Would you pick up Nick Collins despite his neck injury if he is cleared to play?
YES, he is a probowl talent that is not often available (109 votes)
NO, lawsuit liablity issues are just too much (59 votes)
168 total votes