In an astonishing development, linebacker Jamie Collins has been traded away from the New England Patriots on Monday. This was revealed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter through his Tweet. Jamie Collins and Dont’s Hightower were to hit free agency after the season. It meant that Patriots couldn’t have retained both of them. Collins is expected to crack a massive deal on the open market.
As per the reports, Collins has been picked up by Cleveland Browns for a compensatory third-round. Collins has a total of 291 career tackles in 50 games. Also, he had 43 tackles in 7 games played this year and 89 tackles in 12 games played last year.
Adam Schefter pointed out that Collins is in the final year of his rookie contract with New England Patriots. Also, he will become a major player for Cleveland’s franchise tag for next season if he isn’t bound to a new contract first.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Collins started his first Pro Bowl last season at the age of 27. He is considered one of the most athletic linebackers in the NFL. The Browns are in dire need of a defensive talent, especially at pass rusher and linebacker. In this way, he’ll immediately be a contributor, and the Browns hope that he’ll be a long-term starter and building block.
The Franklin County native was drafted by the Patriots in second-round of the 2013 NFL draft. Collins is in the final year of his contract which meant that Browns could have extended his long-term contract or given him the franchise tag.
Although the trade is a surprise move, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has never been afraid to maneuver the players before the Patriots have to lock them up or lose them to free agency.
Jamie had 5.5 of his 10.5 career sacks last season. Additionally, he had one sack and two interceptions this year. He started six games and played in seven this season. Moreover, he has started 41 of his 50 career games.