The Packers unveiled their 2010 off-season schedule Wednesday and it only confirms what I've known for years, there IS no off-season in the NFL anymore. Time was the Packers would be out of the playoff hunt, finish the regular season in December and while we'd convene for the draft every spring, fans and the media wouldn't see those guys again until July's training camp. The team's off-season weight training and exercise program begins on Monday and turnout will be high. After this year's three day draft in April, the Packers will conduct their rookie orientation camp from April 30 to May 2. The organized team activities come next, running from May 17 through June 17. Finally, the mandatory mini-camp will take place on June 21-23. That may be the first we see of Daryn Colledge. The veteran offensive lineman is hinting at staying away from a portion of the voluntary workouts, unhappy over having to accept the Packers restricted free agent tender offer for 2010, rather than get a long term deal worked out. Safety Nick Collins followed that path a year ago and he's still waiting on a lucrative and multi-yeara extension. Colledge didn't set the world on fire last year along the offensive line, and he could face a strong challenge from his buddy, Jason Spitz. After beating out Scott Wells for the starting center job last summer, Spitz developed back issues that eventually required surgery. Wells performed just fine in his absence and the Packers might want to keep Wells where he is, forcing Spitz to guard and the most likely move would be one person to his left, Colledge's job at left guard. Colledge had better be careful for what he wishes for.
Fan Fest arrives this weekend. A few tickets remain for the Packers major off-season love festival for the fans. Current management and players along with several ex-Packers will be inside the Lambeau Field atrium for meet and greets.