Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Green Bay is dealing with the absence of safety Nick Collins from its offseason program because of contractual issues. But the Packers are pleased that cornerback Tramon Williams has decided to attend despite his own unsettled financial situation.
Williams has yet to sign his exclusive-rights tender and therefore technically is not under contract with the Packers. (The Packers own his "exclusive rights" because he has less than three years of accrued experience.) Williams has hopes of negotiating a long-term extension, but regardless he is participating in team's strength and conditioning program in Green Bay.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Williams signed an insurance agreement to protect him against loss of wages if he is injured in the program. That commitment is not lost on coach Mike McCarthy, who praised Williams during an interview Monday at the NFL owners' meeting:
"He's taking care of his football aspect of it. Tramon has benefited as much as anybody in our offseason program. He's an individual you'd love to point to of a young player coming in and maximizing the extra time in the weight room with his coaches. Just look at the gains he's made over the years."
We'll continue to sprinkle McCarthy's comments into the blog this week. For now, let's take a quick jaunt around the division:
Detroit won't compromise on its No. 1 overall pick in the draft, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Coach Jim Schwartz: "I don't know that you can draft a player at No. 1 without feeling good about everything."
The Lions are giving their smallish linebackers a clean slate in 2009, most notably Ernie Sims and Jordon Dizon. John Niyo of the Detroit News has more.
Chicago receiver/kick returner Devin Hester has plans to be involved in a unique commercial. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune explains.
Chicago will open its season on Sunday night football for the second year in a row, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.