Packers Offseason Update: Green Bay Handles Inside Jobs

Aren DowCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: Nick Collins #36 of the Green Bay Packers misses an interception as teammate Tramon Williams #38 closes in during a game against the Detroit Lions on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

There has been relatively little to mention as far as outside free agents are concerned, but recently there has been buzz within the organization.

Bench players Jarrett Bush and Mike Montgomery received new deals from the Packers earlier this month.

As far as I know, Montgomery wasn't receiving much interest. The resigning does provide some depth, but with the scheme change Montgomery does not really have a position.

At 275 pounds, both positions of OLB and DE are less than ideal. More likely to be suiting up on the defensive line, Montgomery will have to pack on a few pounds. Even so, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says that, "listening to 3-4 coaches, lighter DE's usually line up away from the tight end."

I don't really see this working out that well because Montgomery doesn't fit into the scheme. Hopefully he can make an impression, because the Packers need all the help they can get on the line.

Conversely, RFA Jarrett Bush heard offers from several teams; most likely for his special teams play and not his uncanny ability to draw the yellow flag.

Let's just say there was a fairly strong outcry against the move, such as this Packers fan losing confidence in the organization.

While I have not exactly been a Jarrett Bush fan, I don't believe this was that bad a deal. Receiving penalties is often a product of discipline. Hopefully new special teams coach Shawn Slocum can provide some. Bush has raw talent, but he usually just overexerts it.

That being said, thank goodness they moved him to safety from cornerback.

While those players have new contracts, other players are not sastified with their's. Tramon Williams and Nick Collins have both expressed interest in receiving a few more dollars.

Not to worry, Williams is still showing up to off-season workouts. I can't really complain with how Williams is handling this. He's showing up and getting in shape. It is not as if he's holding out.

Williams deserves the money. Stepping in after Al Harris went down, Williams provided in a big way last season. He snatched five interceptions and made it feel as if the defensive backs hadn't missed a step.

What I think he should, and will get, is an incentive-laden contract much like Ryan Grant's. The problem they may run into with this is the lack of playing time Williams will get until Harris and Woodson hang up the cleats.

Bush's contract will most likely provide a point of reference to Williams' as well. For those wondering, Bush got a $4.5 million contract over three years. Again, I think Williams is worth it. Not only did he look impressive last season, showing up and continuing to work in the off-season has impressed me as well.

Nick Collins has a similar case. Rising out of relative obscurity as well, Collins broke out this year, making his first Pro Bowl.

Collins has been consistent. Since he was drafted in 2005, Collins has started all but three games. The second-round pick was knocked before 2008 as not being a playmaker, but last season has changed opinions.

Seven interceptions, and 72 tackles, surprised many Packer fans, including myself. Oh yeah, and he had three touchdowns last season, one less than the starting running back.

Collins has received a bit of flack, not showing up to off-season workouts. According to sources, his excuse is that he has a baby on the way. With the season he had, Collins deserves the short time off to be with his family.

Of course, once the baby is delivered, hopefully he will take the same path as Williams.

Either way, the Packers need Collins. Strong safety has contenders, but no one has stood head and shoulders above the rest. Atari Bigby and Aaron Rouse both have potential, but the spot is far from being solid.

The Packers are plenty under the cap. They can, and should, pay Collins.