Colledge Wants a 'Place To Call Home'

Still looking for real football as the lockout appears to be coming to a close? As usual, we're the only place to go. In our latest two-part lockout exclusive, starting left guard Daryn Colledge talks about his free agent future.

Daryn Colledge's life is on hold.

Colledge, who hasn't missed a start since being demoted in 2007, will be a free agent whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Fortunately, with two overseas trips to visit the troops and the recent berth of his daughter, Camryn, Colledge has been too busy to be preoccupied over his unsettled future.


A story on Colledge's memorable offseason will appear on PackerReport.com later this weekend.


"It's frustrating because I think everyone wants to know what their future holds and want to have a place to call home," Colledge told Packer Report in our latest lockout exclusive this week. "Luckily, I've been able to stay busy with trips and with my daughter so I've been distracted. I work out four days a week and I spend the rest of my time with my new daughter. That's taking up my days right now. It's been nice, because I've gotten to enjoy some time with her, but my wife and I would love to know if our future is to remain in Green Bay or if we're going be moving and have a whole new place we have to learn."

Colledge, who has come under criticism from outside observers — and, occasionally, his coaches — throughout his five seasons in Green Bay, is coming off arguably the best season of his career. He allowed a career-low three sacks and was penalized for holding just once, according to STATS. Colledge, who said he hasn't watched a replay of the Super Bowl, is especially proud of his play down the stretch, when the Packers won six consecutive games to capture the Super Bowl.

Still, the Packers made almost no effort to keep Colledge off the open market. Though he'll likley be an unrestricted free agent, the Packers gave Colledge the second-round restricted free agent tender for the second consecutive year. There were, however, no talks toward a long-term deal last offseason or during this past season.

So, Super Bowl ring night on June 16 very well could be the last time Colledge is associated with the Packers.

"I think there's always that possibility," he said. "That's how free agency works. The Packers have had a lot of years to re-sign me if they wanted to, so it looks like they might just let me go to free agency. Whether that's a business decision or a personal decision, I don't know. As of right now, I still get to look back at all the memories I've had over the past few years and all the great times we've had and we won a championship and did a lot of great things. I love my guys back there. I love the players and I love the fans and I love the city. but it's not my choice anymore. It's one of those things where the Packers will make that decision. If they want me back, they'll have me back. If they don't, then they've decided they want to go another direction."


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