Patriots sign Jamie Collins

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Linebacker Jamie Collins is back with the Patriots.

A report on Wednesday indicated the team was in talks with their 2013 second-round pick about returning to New England and that a reunion was likely to happen. Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that the deal is done and that Collins is expected to join the team for Thursday’s workout.

Collins was traded to the Browns during the 2016 season and signed a four-year deal in Cleveland the next year. He tore his MCL and landed on injured reserve in November of that season. He returned to play every game in 2018, but was released earlier this year as the Browns decided to devote financial resources in other directions.

Collins will be reunited with Donta’ Hightower in a New England linebacking corps that also includes Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Shilique Calhoun and Ja'whaun Bentley.

40 responses to “Patriots sign Jamie Collins

  1. Welcome back! Let’s see how many snaps he plays. The Patriots love their former Browns players.

  2. If he has learned to stick to the play as called, he’ll be a big asset to the Patriots – he is a very capable player. Excited to see how this works out.

  3. Was it freelancing or pettily not putting in the effort in a contract year to show the team how important he was to the D? Whatever, he’s learnt his lesson – & a great D just got a tad better.

  4. 104 tackles with 14 TFL’s last year, can still contribute and maybe start. Needs to conform but could be a great signing.

  5. Great interior pass rusher and could always cover tight ends well. Hopefully he listens to Bill..

  6. It will be interesting to see how the Patriots do this year considering they actually teams coming off bye weeks. They have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks than any other team since Goodell became commish.

  7. It’s like being in ‘time out’ when Patriot players leave ….only to return a year latter. Yes BB…I’VE learned my lesson…I’ll listen now. Happened with Chung also.

  8. Patriots trade him to the Browns in 16 for a 3rd round pick. The Patriots win two superbowls in that time. The Browns give him a ton of money. Cut him this year. Patriots sign him to pennies on the dollar. Now you know why the Patriots are who they are and the Browns are who they are. In Bill We Trust.

  9. It must be nice to look good enough for another team to overpay you, not even try for the team that shells out ton of money, then just to back to the best team in the league for cheap and get a ring. It’s absolutely pathetic.

  10. FootballSeasonRules says:
    May 15, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    Welcome back! Let’s see how many snaps he plays. The Patriots love their former Browns players.

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    problem with collins is that he only ‘plays’ about 50% of his snaps… good riddance.
    and oh yeah, josh ‘flash’ gordon, barkie mingo, corey coleman….
    what’s not to love?

  11. vaphinfan says:
    May 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm
    It will be interesting to see how the Patriots do this year considering they actually teams coming off bye weeks. They have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks than any other team since Goodell became commish.
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    Yah, THAT’S the reason they have dominated for 20 years….

  12. Bill sent him to the factory of sadness, to learn his lesson!! He made an example outta him to the other 52. Brings him back cheap, and hungry for a ring now. He’s already made his BIG MONEY at Cleveland.

  13. wow, that D has some serious potential… they could probably make a deep run win with a backup qb

  14. You haters make up an “excuse” for the Patriots success every year. Now it’s “they play the least amount of teams coming off a bye week”. I counter that with “the Patriots play into January and February consistently”. Your favorite teams have had plenty of time to rest.

  15. BrownsFreak51 says:
    May 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    …..
    problem with collins is that he only ‘plays’ about 50% of his snaps… good riddance.
    and oh yeah, josh ‘flash’ gordon, barkie mingo, corey coleman….
    what’s not to love?
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    Barring injuries the Pats are looking like they will be very deep at LB this season, and if Collins makes the team it may just be in a very limited role. He probably knows that coming in, and we will see if he is up to it.

    As far as Gordon and Mingo are concerned, the Pats and their fans always like players that contribute to Super Bowl winning teams, as both of those players did. Sure Gordon was not in the playoffs, but he played very well for the Pats during the regular season. And Mingo was a solid contributor on special teams during that Super Bowl winning season, and in the Super Bowl against the Falcons.

    Corey Coleman barely had a cup of tea with the Pats, a throwaway roster churn. We wish him well but…whatever…

  16. Pats fans always position every signing and roster move as chess/checkers.

    Resigning players like Collins has nothing to do with why they “remain on top.” They stay on top because they have incredible fortune of having the GOAT QB and coach together at the same time. The other moving parts have almost no bearing.

    BB could take Brady to at least 20 other rosters in the league and have a SB contender.

  17. billsrthefuture says:
    May 16, 2019 at 9:17 am
    Pats fans always position every signing and roster move as chess/checkers.

    Resigning players like Collins has nothing to do with why they “remain on top.” They stay on top because they have incredible fortune of having the GOAT QB and coach together at the same time. The other moving parts have almost no bearing.

    BB could take Brady to at least 20 other rosters in the league and have a SB contender.

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    Gronk was arguably the greatest TE in history. JE11 has turned into maybe the most clutch WR of this era. Hightower has made huge plays in every big game and is one of the best LBs in the game. Gilmore was the best corner in the league last year.

    The Patriots have had great players. Don’t kid yourself.

  18. Collins like to freelance. That, and expectations of a $$$ contract, are why he was jettisoned. Hope he can come back and play-ball the NE way. If he puts his talents into the system this could be a great addition.

  19. Bullcharger – most teams have players of JE and Hightower’s caliber, even Gilmore. Gronk is a special talent, but BB has clearly shown that he can win with or without him.

  20. superpatriotsfan says:
    May 16, 2019 at 11:39 am
    When Collins was traded to the Browns Pats be like “good riddance” and now that he’s back they acting like they loved him long time.

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    Absolutely not. At the time of the trade Belichick got accused of throwing away an extremely talented player when he should have just put up the problems in order to gave this guy on the field. But the Patriots went on to the Superbowl so obviously the season had not gotten thrown away. And now that they have him back the attitude is very much “if he can stick with the play” because its well understood that if he freelances and leaves his slot unprotected that undermines the benefits of all that talent he has. This guy is an incredibly talented football player, but there is still a reason why teams were not lining up to get him before and even now as a free agent that got cut there is still no bidding war going on.

  21. “They have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks than any other team since Goodell became commish.”

    Dude you live in a delusional fantasyland filled with Patriot uniformed boogey men. Get some psychological help, really

  22. Billsrthefuture.. “The other moving parts have no bearing” you say.. Really. BB leaves no stone unturned.Before the kickoff in the Superbowl he wanted to know if the roof was going to be opened or closed. He told his players to prepare for the longer half time (which even Dan Quinn said they weren’t prepared for). When they played the raiders in Mexico he told them about the locker room being on top of the stadium and the steps they would have to climb. He prepares for every possible scenario. You cannot simplify it by saying “they have Brady” if you are a Patriots fan. But seeing that you are a Bills fan I understand. Didn’t Miami have Marino, bills had Kelly, SD had Fouts, GB had Favre, GB has Rodgers, colts had Peyton, steelers have Ben, saints got Brees, Seahawks got Wilson, do you need me to go on? BB has said “planning doesn’t always lead to success but failing to plan always leads to failure”.

  23. Superpatriotsfan.. Many years ago I used to question BB on the moves he has made.. I do not do that anymore. Collins made some great plays the 1st time he was a Patriot and I did not understand why they traded him. Found out it was because of his freelancing. At first the browns said(after they gave him 50 mill and a 3rd round pick) he can freelance all he wants. Now, not so much. BB resigned him, but I bet he won’t wait long if he doesn’t listen. I bet the locker room knows that to.

  24. Harrisonhits.. They have also played more games than any other team in the NFL… 9 SB appearances will do that.. It’s a Patriots thing.. You wouldn’t understand. Teams are already preparing for when they play the Patriots anyways, “we built this team to dethrone the Patriots”. I always get a laugh out of that. Tomlin always came up with some good quotes.

  25. 1 year 1 million dollar contract(could be 5 mill). The other teams try to make the Biggest Splash in FA, the fan base gets excited and says “the future is ours”.. Then BB ambushes them. Then they say “wait until next year”. I love this game.

  26. Mike Spillane – you just made the same point I made. It’s Brady and BB – the other moving parts don’t matter.

    They’ll both retire soon, too. Can’t wait.

  27. Funny they said that when it was Walsh and Montana..
    Then Seifert and Young stepped in right behind them. Some teams stay successful because of the culture created, others not so much. Nobody is saying the Patriots will not have a drop-off, but it definitely will not be what the Bills went through if that’s what you are hoping for.

  28. billsrthefuture says:
    May 17, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Mike Spillane – you just made the same point I made. It’s Brady and BB – the other moving parts don’t matter.

    They’ll both retire soon, too. Can’t wait.
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    Why would anyone think that the next Patriots HC and QB aren’t going to be at least as good as what Buffalo comes up with?

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