Browns release Jamie Collins

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The Browns met with the agent for linebacker Jamie Collins at the Scouting Combine and the topic of the conversation was Collins’ future with the team.

Collins had two years left on the contract he signed with the team in 2017 and the terms for 2019 called for him to make a $10 million base salary while counting $11.75 million against the cap. The obvious implication of the conversation was that the Browns wanted to pay him less or not at all this season and Collins gave a hint about how that went when he tweeted “thanks for everything” to the team on Wednesday.

The Browns made it official a short time later by announcing that they have released Collins. The move creates $9.25 million in cap space.

“We want to thank Jamie for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns,” General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “These types of decisions are never easy. Jamie is a respected veteran player in this league and we wish him the best as he continues his career.”

Collins arrived in Cleveland in a midseason trade with the Patriots in 2016. He started 30 games, including every game that Cleveland played last season. He had 104 tackles, four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in those 16 starts.

 

60 responses to “Browns release Jamie Collins

  1. The Patriots unloaded him to save cap space, and now it is Cleveland’s term to do the same. Cleveland has amassed a large number of early round picks in recent years by having the worst record and trading down for more picks. Those picks have to be re-signed to megabucks contracts if Cleveland intends to keep the good ones after the rookie contracts have expired.

  2. Strange move by the Browns. Collins had a really good season for them and they have no cap space issues. Not sure what the logic is behind this one.

  3. Anyone who watched the Browns saw this coming a mile away. When he was traded to Cleveland he was a big fish in a small pond. When Cleveland cashed in on all those draft picks he became expendable. He won’t be unemployed for long as he’s an easy day one starter on a lot of defensive needy teams.

  4. wcman says:
    March 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    Strange move by the Browns. Collins had a really good season for them and they have no cap space issues. Not sure what the logic is behind this one.

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    Probably the same reason the Pats got rid of him, he’s a pain in the butt.

  5. Collins did not play well last year. He played very average and not anywhere near his cap number. That’s the reason he was released and not traded. That money would be better used on Barr or Hicks, both of whom played much better last year. All said, I like Collins and wish him well.

  6. The Patriots did not release Collins for cap reasons. They traded him because he freelanced too much and was undisciplined.

  7. The Patriots unloaded him to save cap space
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    He was traded away while playing on his rookie contract. Traded for nothing, pretty much.

  8. Collins problem seems to be consistent effort. He wants to do the easy thing – whether it’s taking the easy assignment or giving less than 100%. He will never command $10M/yr with the kind of tape he’s produced.

  9. Collins cost the Pats the AFC CHAMPIONSHIP in Denver by freelancing & giving up 2 TD’s to the TE he was supposed to be covering…… great athlete lousy team player…… I really hope the Pats don’t bring him back!!!?

  10. The issue with Collins in Cleveland is the same as it was in NE. He makes one highlight play a game and takes a dozen others off with no effort at all. The leopard didnt change his spots.

  11. Was a good contributor but not $10 million player in Cleveland. Avery and other up and comers were going to increasingly eat into his snaps.

    I’d take him back at a salary that paid him to be a rotational player. I’m sure that’s what Dorsey wanted too, but he’s an every snap player for some other team.

  12. “With Flowers walking, Bill will want to bring him back.”

    Flowers is a Dlineman, Collins is a LB, one has nothing to do with the other. Doubt he wears a Pats uni again

  13. Good player but not worth $10 million a year and not the guy who played for the Patriots. Bill always knows when to get rid of the wood before it starts dying.

  14. I guess Cleveland is bracing for the payday that is coming for all those draft picks. They are going to need more than 80 million in the next few years.

  15. A lot of freelance talk here, Collins was traded because, like most ex-Pats, they didn’t want to pay him further than his rookie contract. Stop with the kool-ade drinking…

  16. “ a lot of freelance talk here “, which is absolutely valid. He was traded shortly after freelancing during the Buffalo game, in Buffalo, where his freelance play resulted in a Buffalo TD.
    That’s a fact.

  17. whywerule says:
    March 6, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    Jamie Collins is a pretty good NFL player, but not worth 40+ comments on this site.

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    Its the offseason. We are starving.

  18. wcman says:
    March 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    Strange move by the Browns. Collins had a really good season for them and they have no cap space issues. Not sure what the logic is behind this one.

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    He didn’t stay at his assignment. Repeatedly. BB got tired of it. He was moved. While he still had some value. See the logic?

  19. bradygirl12 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    Hometown discount time…

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    The NFL doesn’t have a team in Mississippi

  20. Make up with belichick and tell him football is your sole focus if your locked in mentally he will find a spot for you.when his head was on right he was a stud he stated to think about chasing money and he started to do his own thing and was traded.

  21. “Anyone remember that time he showed up high at a police station asking for help? I’m thinking that’s why he was traded” ??? Good try, except that was Chandler Jones, who did get traded to Arizona .

  22. He played really well in 2015 until he was sidelined for a month due to a mystery illness. That seems like the turning point for his time in New England. I wonder what that was. It seems rare for an NFL player to miss a month due to an illness.

  23. He was just here to cash checks. They would call his name in the first QTR and never hear from him again. See ya. Jimmy’s has the money to send you packing. I hope other NFL teams learn from this.

  24. Bill Belichick Surgrogates Defend Puzzling Jamie Collins Trade

    That was the title of a story by Alex Reimer passing info from BB hater Tom Curran. They were complaining about how Lombardi criticism of Collins was directed by BB. Haters love to hate. BB just continues to win SBs.

  25. “ a lot of freelance talk here “, which is absolutely valid. He was traded shortly after freelancing during the Buffalo game, in Buffalo, where his freelance play resulted in a Buffalo TD.
    That’s a fact.

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    You are both right. Collins had developed an attitude that he need not listen to the coaches. There was the TD you mentioned and also in the same game the Pats ate two back to back too many men on the field penalties both because Collins refused to leave the field even when the coaches told him to. He was hunting for highlight opportunities because he wanted the max contract he was telling everyone he was going to get and saying if the Pats didnt want to pay it someone else would (probably true). So Belichick knew this guy was as good as gone at the end of the year plus being a pain in the neck so he traded him to the Browns for a bag of chips. The bag of chips being the difference between the pick they got and what the comp pick would have been. It was not much, but it was still a bag of chips more than no bag of chips. After that the Pats went on to win the Superbowl so I do think they managed ok without him.

  26. Some reason why do I feel the giants are going to try and sign this guy. I’m a giants fan and from Reese’s refusal to draft able-bodied offensive linemen to gettleman signing one to an extra large contract to Reese’s incompetence in signing a you can see the signs of deteriorating Beason to a large contract can we try and sign Collins for 3 years with a team option after 2. Vernon’s always hurt and until we get some dline help we need somebody of Collins caliber to potentially pressure the qb or drop back in coverage. It would help the whole defense out.

  27. BB actually had to get rid of a lot of $$$ infected players that year. Collins, Jones and Easley were all traded or cut, and Patriots still went on to 4 of next 5 SBs. Not a chance BB brings Collins back.

  28. Took plays off. When asked to play inside for Shobert was soft against the run, he was soft in goaline situations. His salary was way to high based on his production. See Ya Jamei!

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