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The future for football is still unknown for Nick Collins. The final decision should be made by the end of the month for Collins after a brutal neck injury during the season and the surgery that followed.
If Collins is given the "all good" by doctors, it will be a huge boost for a secondary that played horridly in 2011.
However, what happens if Collins is unable to return?
There are three options that the Green Bay Packers have should Collins career be over. The first option involves moving Charles Woodson from cornerback to safety. This is a move that has been talked about quite a bit in recent years, but Green Bay still has their reservations about the move.
While it may fix the problem at safety, it would open a whole new can of worms at cornerback. While Tramon Williams is certainly a starting-caliber cornerback, the same can't quite be said about Sam Shields yet. He looks another year or two away from being able to handle the full responsibility of starting.
The second option is looking for a replacement via free agency. The issue with this is that the Packers won't have a definitive answer on Collins until two weeks into the free-agency period. That means that they could possibly sign a replacement without necessarily needing one—that could turn into a rather unpleasant situation.
The last option involves drafting Collins' replacement in April. This seems like the most likely option considering the Packers would absolutely know about Collins' future. If he couldn't return, a guy like Harrison Smith of Notre Dame or Mark Barron of Alabama would make sense at the end of Round 1.
Hopefully Collins can return, but if he can't, look for Green Bay to make some moves to ensure their secondary is effective in 2012.