Three-time Patriot Jamie Collins makes free agent visit to New England

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Free agent linebacker Jamie Collins keeps coming back to New England.

Collins, who has had three separate stints with the Patriots, made a free agent visit on Tuesday. Although there’s been no word on the level of interest between the two sides, it opens up the possibility that he’ll now sign for a fourth time.

The 32-year-old Collins was a 2013 second-round draft pick of the Patriots who played in New England until 2016, when he was traded during the season to the Browns. The Browns then made him one of the highest-paid linebackers in football, but he didn’t play at the same level in Cleveland as he had in New England, and he was released after the 2018 season.

Collins then signed a one-year deal in New England in 2019 and played well, which earned him another lucrative contract, this time with Detroit in 2020. But Collins again didn’t live up to expectations and was released early in the 2021 season. He then re-signed with the Patriots and finished the season there.

Collins had been a free agent since March and has drawn some interest from other teams, but New England has always been where he has played his best, and another stint with the Patriots could be coming.

16 responses to “Three-time Patriot Jamie Collins makes free agent visit to New England

  1. I hope this doesn’t mean Kyle Dugger’s knee injury is serious. He’s looked great in a strong safety role and has improved in coverage

  2. This is what happens when teams and players are desperate, sadly this all could have been avoided if Kraft kept Brady and dumped Bill the game has passed me by Belichick

  3. He plays his best if he sticks to the play and pays attention to what the coaches/coordinators are saying. That has always been the thing with him. His athletic ability doesn’t matter when he skips his assignment and leaves a gap. His better results in NE are because he listens to Belichick more than he does most, but still it hasn’t been enough to keep him on the team.

  4. I grade Collins:

    Weekly availability: always good
    Run defense: B-
    Coverage: B
    Pass rush: A- (also good at batting down balls)
    Current $ demands: reasonable

    ‘Losing’ Hightower, Collins and Van Noy veterans in an offseason made an experience chasm. Collins has not ever been off Bill’s radar for very long. If he stills has a step, you should sign him on the cheap.

  5. This screams desperation by the Patriots. I’d much rather sign Joe Schubert who’s still out there, matter of fact I was hoping AZ would sign him as a 3rd ILB and cut Nick Vigil let him go back to MN. AZ could get Schubert for a reasonable price. I’d love if Keim would make that move as Schubert would be an excellent move n massive upgrade over Vigil as AZs number 3 rotational ILB. They could get him cheap too.

  6. hawkkiller says:
    September 21, 2022 at 8:17 am
    This screams desperation by the Patriots

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    Talking to a FA screams desperation? Yeah ok…

  7. hawkkiller says:
    September 21, 2022 at 8:17 am
    This screams desperation by the Patriots. I’d much rather sign Joe Schubert who’s still out there, matter of fact I was hoping AZ would sign him as a 3rd ILB and cut Nick Vigil let him go back to MN. AZ could get Schubert for a reasonable price. I’d love if Keim would make that move as Schubert would be an excellent move n massive upgrade over Vigil as AZs number 3 rotational ILB. They could get him cheap too.
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    Perhaps NE feels Collins will be a better fit? Far be it for us to judge, but you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. And you may been proven right at some point. However I would not go as far as saying, “This screams of desperation by the Patriots.”. As others have pointed out sometimes players fit on certain teams better than others. I think Collins and Van Noy were two examples of that.
    Also they may not like what they find after kicking the tires.

  8. hawkkiller says:
    September 21, 2022 at 8:17 am
    This screams desperation by the Patriots. I’d much rather sign Joe Schubert who’s still out there, matter of fact I was hoping AZ would sign him as a 3rd ILB and cut Nick Vigil let him go back to MN. AZ could get Schubert for a reasonable price. I’d love if Keim would make that move as Schubert would be an excellent move n massive upgrade over Vigil as AZs number 3 rotational ILB. They could get him cheap too.

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    The thing is, if the Pats order a new set of napkins you interpret it as screaming desperation. There is literally nothing they could do that you won’t label that way. You basically just decide you are going to say that and then just look for what you can point to as you say it. But they are currently coming off a win which is nice, but more importantly a game in which they showed good strides in the areas they had previously shown to need it. And now they are looking at a player that might be able to help further that. Its not desperation, looking at players through the year is done by every team and is just the normal business of football.

  9. didnthearwhat says:
    September 21, 2022 at 6:34 am
    This is what happens when teams and players are desperate, sadly this all could have been avoided if Kraft kept Brady and dumped Bill the game has passed me by Belichick

    This is so STUPID!!
    EVERY team has free agent visits on Tuesdays all season.
    Absolutely nothing “desperate “ about it.

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