Colledge re-signs with Packers
Green Bay Packers guard Daryn Colledge said he signed his restricted free-agent tender earlier this week. It clears the way for him to join voluntary workouts before offseason workouts next Monday.
“Time to go to work,” Colledge said when asked about the timing.
With Colledge signed, the Packers have three unsigned restricted free agents: defensive end Johnny Jolly, cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Atari Bigby.
Colledge will be paid $1.759 million this season after he was tendered at his original draft position (second round).
While Colledge has publicly said all the right things about his status with the Packers, sources said he
hasn’t been happy with the lack of a contract extension and past position switches.
Colledge’s return to the Packers happened so suddenly the move could have been construed as a possible precursor to a trade. A player must have signed his tender for it to happen. But Colledge said he had no knowledge of any trade talks, and the Packers didn’t request him to sign the tender.
So Colledge, who has started 60 of 64 games since being drafted in 2006, is set to defend his left guard position in a wide-open competition against his best friend Jason Spitz, T.J. Lang and perhaps rookie Marshal Newhouse.
Of the three remaining restricted free agents, only Bigby appears to be a threat to push the June 15 deadline. Two sources said he had designs on staying away to get a contract extension, perhaps even into training camp after signing his tender.
But that was before the draft. With the Packers trading up in the third round to pick safety Morgan Burnett of Georgia Tech, the thinking of Bigby and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, might well have changed. Burnett is expected to challenge Bigby for the starting spot opposite Nick Collins regardless of when Bigby reports.
Matthews a candidate again
For the first time since the award was first given out in 1967, The Associated Press has decided to have its voters decide again which player should be named the 2009 NFL defensive rookie of the year.
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing won the award but recently was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season after violating the league’s steroid policy. His positive test reportedly happened in September.
Cushing is eligible to win the award again. Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd finished second in the original voting (six votes), followed by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (three) and Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (two).
A vote is also being retaken for outside linebacker on the all-pro team, where Cushing finished third. Elvis Dumervil (Denver Broncos) and DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys) won first-team accolades. Five other players got at least one vote.
Ballots are due by 11 a.m today.