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Report: Patriots expected to bring back LB Jamie Collins

The trade that sent linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns back in 2016 was one of the more surprising ones of the Bill Belichick era, but the New England Patriots coach apparently still likes Collins enough to have him on the roster.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots are getting close to a deal to bring Collins back.

Collins signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Browns after the 2016 season, and they released him back in March. The 29-year-old recorded 104 tackles and four sacks, but he also missed plenty of tackles and was often out out of position.

The Patriots always look at players based on the value they can provide, and Belichick probably knew Collins was about to sign a big contract back in 2016 and wanted to get something for him before he left in free agency. There were also rumblings at the time that Collins was not focused enough and had ended up in Belichick’s doghouse. Despite all that, New England has a need at linebacker and Collins could be a cheap addition who is familiar with the system.

Each NFL team’s worst contract in 2018

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NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team entering the 2018 season.

Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, TE

After signing him to two consecutive one-year deals, the Cardinals suddenly decided to invest heavily in Jermaine Gresham, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $16.5 million guaranteed. The $7 million annual salary far exceeds any contract Gresham had previously signed, which is curious considering he hasn’t exceeded 500 yards in a single season since 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Add in that Greshman is now on the wrong side of 30, and it’s easy to understand how he made this list.

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Jamie Collins agrees to $50 million deal with Browns

Earlier this season, Jamie Collins was traded to the Browns. It looks as though he will be there for the foreseeable future.

After spending the first three seasons with the Patriots, Collins was sent to the Browns for a third round draft pick. He was due to become a free agent this offseason and was expected to have no shortage of suitors. However, Cleveland made sure Collins didn’t hit the open market by locking him up with a four-year contract worth $50 million with $26 million in guarantees. As Adam Schefter added, Collins’ deal makes him the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL.

At one point it was reported Collins was seeking a contract similar to the one received by Von Miller. You can read about that here. Collins would later deny those leaks.

Collins, 27, was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2015 season and helped New England win Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks. After last year’s trade, Collins recorded 69 tackles and two sacks in eight games while with Cleveland.

Patriots reportedly traded Jamie Collins because they were reducing his role

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There was a lot of talk about why the New England Patriots abruptly traded Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins, but the actual reason is a fairly simple one.

The Patriots did not feel that Collins had an extensive part to play in the franchise’s future, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. They intended to transition him into more of a part-time player, and, fearing there could be repercussions in the locker room, elected to simply trade him away when they found the opportunity to do so.

There were stories about the contract Collins wanted, and while it may or may not be true, it seems there was much more at work than that. The Patriots didn’t intend to keep him around, so they saw fit to cut ties while they could get something for him.

Jamie Collins denies ever asking for contract similar to Von Miller

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New Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins wants you to know that he doesn’t think he’s Von Miller.

Collins, who was traded to Cleveland from the New England Patriots, brought up Miller when asked if he’d declined a hefty contract extension from New England.

“I’m not Von Miller, just so you know,” Collins said Wednesday, via Pat McManamon of ESPN. “Let’s be smart now. Let’s use some common sense.

“I don’t know [anything] about Von Miller money. Nothing. Never heard of that. Never came out of my mouth. Nothing.”

Collins, of course, went from the high-flying Patriots to the winless Browns, and he’s simply dealing with the career change.

“This is my home for right now, and I’m going to play like this is my home,” Collins said. “This is where I’m at, and this is my focus.”

Collins supposedly wanted Miller money in his next contract, which was cited as a reason New England traded him. It’s Collins against the anonymous leaks right now.

Jamie Collins once said he’d rather play video games than watch football

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It feels like Jamie Collins is suddenly being smeared now that the New England Patriots traded him to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round pick, but there has to be a reason Bill Belichick gave up on the Pro Bowl linebacker.

It’s possible a difference in philosophy ultimately became too much for Belichick. As Will Brinson of CBS Sports reminds us, Collins admitted during an interview this past offseason that he is not a student of the game. In fact, he’d rather play video games than watch football.

When asked by Jonathan Soroff of The Improper Bostonian if he would rather watch college or pro football, Collins admitted he doesn’t watch football on TV.

“Neither. I didn’t grow up watching football, and I still don’t,” Collins said. “Me and Chandler Jones have talked about this since I first got up here. I never watched football. I never thought I’d be here, and I’d rather play video games. I don’t really want to watch it.”

Jones, of course, was shipped to the Arizona Cardinals last season in a similarly surprising deal, so it’s interesting that Collins lumped himself together with his former teammate.

Belichick is a known football junkie, and he demands a lot from his players in terms of preparation. While Collins choosing to not watch football on TV doesn’t necessarily mean he is less prepared than others, former Patriots staffer turned NFL analyst Michael Lombardi has been very critical of the former second-round pick since the trade was announced.

Here’s the play from Sunday that Lombardi was referring to:

There’s a lot of revisionist history going on, but that was exactly the type of play that people would praise Collins for if he was able to make it. His freak athleticism is undeniable, but Belichick would take a “football guy” over an athlete nine times out of 10. Between that and the absurd amount of money Collins reportedly wanted for his next contract, the trade isn’t as much of a shocker as we initially thought.

Report: Jamie Collins is seeking ‘Von Miller money’ in free agency

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The New England Patriots stunned the football world on Monday when they traded Jamie Collins, but the move likely means they knew there was no chance they were keeping the linebacker beyond the 2016 season.

Collins is set to become a free agent this winter, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the 27-year-old is seeking to be one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.

While Collins is considered one of the most versatile and athletic linebackers in the game, he stands virtually no chance of making nearly $20 million per season. The franchise tag is expected to be around $15 million next season, and the Patriots reportedly offered Collins less than that.

The real surprise is that Bill Belichick couldn’t get more than a third-round pick in return for Collins. The fact that the Patriots traded Collins is right in line with how they conduct their business.