FOXBORO -- Jamie Collins was not at Thursday’s training camp practice, the first of the 2016 season open to the public and media.
But Collins’ absence was expected by the team, according to a source, and is not related to any looming contract discord.
Collins is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal and will make a salary of $917K, which is about $10M less than players of his ilk. The 2015 Pro Bowl linebacker hasn’t intimated anything about a holdout and his social media offerings only mention his intention to be at camp.
But Collins was the only Patriot not on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list that was not spotted at all. Dion Lewis, who hasn’t been cleared to play, also wasn’t seen during the morning workout. Other PUP players like Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola were out on the field.
Collins is one of several key Patriots entering the final year of their contract. Given how much his peers are making and the physical risks inherent in an NFL season, it would be logical for him to have an eye on his financial future. But that wasn’t part of the equation on Thursday.