No one is ever going to confuse an offensive lineman with an electrical engineer, but Green Bay Packers guard Daryn Colledge could take stupidity to a new level.
College, who is a restricted free agent, wasn’t happy the Packers tendered him at the second-round level and now he’s apparently considering staying away from offseason activities as a form of protest that he doesn’t have a long-term deal.
“That’s the only thing you have to try to make the team talk to you or deal with you, is to withhold services for a while,” Colledge’s agent, Jeff Sperbeck said. “You can go sign it and do it and hope something gets worked out. We had a nice conversation (with the Packers) at the (NFL scouting) combine, so we’ll see what comes of it.”
Here’s the problem with that.
Colledge was the Packers worst starting offensive lineman not named Allen Barbre, in 2009. That’s prompted coach Mike McCarthy to say Colledge will have competition for his starting spot this year. That competition will come from Jason Spitz, who played guard in 2008 before converting to center in 2009. Scott Wells is now entrenched as the Packers starting center and we’d give the nod to Spitz as the front runner going into training camp.
So, what the hell is Colledge thinking?
He’s clearly overvaluing his services and he’s not going to help his chances to remain a starter by not participating in the Packers offseason program.
If things go as anticipated, Colledge could end up as a well-paid backup, so it’s curious where all this bluster is coming from.
But hey, you’ll always have that Boise State glory, Daryn.