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Jennings close to new contract; Packers go bowling

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Packers Green Bay Packers' receiver Greg Jennings says he's close to getting a new contract.

The fourth-year pro talked about his situation Monday, when the Packers opened their three-day mandatory mini-camp.

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Jennings is in the final year of his rookie deal which paid him $757,000 last year.

And based on the recent signings of other NFL receivers, Jennings, 25, could end up being in the $8 million range.

Jennings was sixth in the league last year with 1,292 receiving yards, with just more than 16 yards a catch.

General manager Ted Thompson would not comment on the negotiations, but said Jennings is an established, well-grounded player.

And he confirmed his stance of keeping and rewarding his most talented players who've proven to be leaders.

For now, Jennings says he's not all that concerned. But he'd still like to get something done, considering that he could not become a free agent next year if the league's collective bargaining agreement goes into limbo and there's not a salary cap.

Packers' safety Nick Collins showed up at mini-camp Monday, after missing most of the voluntary off-season workouts.

He wants the Packers to at least consider giving him a long-term contract as his current deal expires this year.

Collins did not rule out a hold-out at training camp unless some kind of move is made.

He's getting $3 million this year, after making the Pro Bowl for the first time last season.

Meanwhile, coach Mike McCarthy canceled the second of two practices Monday, to take the players bowling in their annual team-building exercise.

Last year, they played paintball. Two practices will take place today at mini-camp which wraps up Wednesday with a single workout.

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