After the Patriots traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Browns on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Collins was asking the Patriots for “Von Miller money” in talks about a new contract.
Collins is set to become a free agent after this season comes to an end and Miller signed a six-year, $114.5 million contract with the Broncos earlier this year. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe also reported that Collins turned down an offer from New England that would pay him $11 million a year, something that Collins denied along with the “Miller money” report on Wednesday.
“I’m not Von Miller,” Collins said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Let’s be smart.”
Browns coach Hue Jackson said after the trade that the Browns want to sign Collins to an extension, although he noted the feeling has to be mutual. Collins acknowledged that he’ll be auditioning for the entire league over the rest of the season — save the Patriots, perhaps — while also calling Cleveland his “new home,” so things could play out in any number of ways.