Collins posted the following tweets to his Twitter account Monday:
Nickdapick36 is ready for action.
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) February 3, 2014
Who's looking for a top notch free safety. This kid is ready to dominate #2014According to NFL Around the League's Chris Wessling, the Packers cut Collins in 2011 because they weren't comfortable clearing him to play again.
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) February 4, 2014
Collins underwent spinal fusion surgery in 2011. The surgery itself is similar to what Denver quarterback Peyton Manning underwent, with one major difference. Manning's surgery was on the C5 vertebra, which controls the arms. Collins' surgery was done in the C3-C4 area, higher up on the spine.
As for what the C4 vertebra is responsible for, consider this rhyme: "Cut C4, breathe no more."
|From Mike Morbeck via Wikimedia Commons|
Without him, the Packers' secondary has struggled for the last three seasons.
But regardless of their secondary issues, it's unlikely the Packers change their course. They, and 31 other teams, passed on signing Collins two years ago.
"Organizations feel like I'm unable to play," Collins told the Green Bay Press Gazette last August. "But I still have that hope that one day I get a call and they're like, 'Let's go give it a shot.'"