One New England Patriots former 2013 second-round pick will be reuniting with the team after a stint with the Cleveland Browns.
A few NFL league sources have confirmed that the Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Jamie Collins.
Collins was traded to the Browns during the 2016 season, the same season in which New England traded outside linebacker Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals.
He led the Patriots in tackles and also went to the Pro Bowl in the 2015 season prior to being traded to Cleveland.
The 29-year-old was released by the Browns halfway into his four-year, $50 million contract back on March 6.
While with the Browns, Collins missed 10 games in 2017 with a torn MCL. However, he came back to start all 16 games and led the team with 106 total tackles in 2018. He also contributed four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Collins will join up with fellow linebackers in the depth chart in Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’Whaun Bentley, and Elandon Roberts.
Patriots current projected off-the-line linebacker depth chart (with competition to ultimately sort it all out):— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 15, 2019
Kyle Van Noy
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