Turns out this episode is starting to take a little turn...
Frank Klopas wasn't available today, so I just got off the phone with a source familiar with the situation regarding Collins John. Here's what they had to say about the whole thing:
"We made an offer to Collins and he's considering it. We're continuing the conversation with him as to whether or not he'll be a part of the club in 2010."
Also of relevance, as I type this (12:17 p.m. central time) John is participating in training with the rest of the Fire. What to make of that? God knows.
In fact, God knows what to make of this whole situation. Goff is usually very reliable with his reporting, which makes me believe that Collins is in fact gone. At the same time, it is conceivable that Collins is still weighing the offer and that the Fire could come back with a contract more to his liking in the next couple of days. We'll just have to wait and see. Both sides seem to be doing a little bit of posturing for negotiations sake, so I doubt we'll get the whole truth until John signs or leaves. One of the two will happen. Eventually. For now, there seem to be more questions than answers. I'll continue working the phones to see if I can find anything else out. Until then...
UPDATE -- According to Goff, John and the Fire have agreed upon a salary but not the amount of years on the contract. John wants two years guaranteed while the Fire only wants to sign him to one. Hopefully, the league will up the offer to meet John's demands. This guy should be a big time MLS player and likely would be worth the extra year. If the league really doesn't want to go to two years, maybe they can consider upping the one-year salary. Bottom line is, they need to sign John up. The current group of strikers is not enough to get it done and signing an impact player like John should be the team's (and therefore the league's) number one priority right now.
I'll try and update the situation as best I can. Unfortunately, I'm in class for the next three hours... Bear with me.