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By PFW staff

On Friday the Packers signed FS Nick Collins and NT Ryan Pickett to long-term extensions that will keep the two key players in Green Bay beyond the 2010 season.

Pickett, who had been given the franchise tag last month, signed a four-year, $28 million contract that will pay him $10 million in the first year, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Meanwhile, Collins, who had signed his one-year, $3.3 million restricted free-agent tender Tuesday as a show of good faith, inked a three-year extension worth $23.4 million, according to the Journal Sentinel, with a $14 million payout in the first year. The new money will be paid Collins in addition to the $3.3 million that his tender called for, the newspaper said.

The Packers now have three-fourths of their starting secondary locked up long term — CBs Charles Woodson and Al Harris and FS Collins.

Pickett would have earned $7.003 million under a one-year contract in 2010 if he had signed the franchise tender in lieu of a long-term deal.


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