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New England Patriots nearing deal to re-unite with veteran LB Jamie Collins

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When all else fails, you can always go home. Jamie Collins appears to look to do that.

After being released by the Detroit Lions, it looks like the veteran linebacker will be making his return to the New England Patriots.

If a deal is struck, it would be the third time that Collins is returning to the Patriots.

Collins initially began his career there back in 2013 when he was a second round pick of New England in the 2013 NFL Draft. Following the 2018 season and after spending three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Collins returned for the 2019 season.

Collins initially followed Matt Patricia over to the Detroit Lions for the 2020 season, but with Dan Campbell there, he didn’t fit into his system and was released after the Lions failed to make a trade for him.

The veteran outside linebacker has always been a tackling machine that can also get to the quarterback. Despite being 1-3, the Patriots have only given up 70 points on defense, which is the sixth best in the NFL.

Adding Collins on defense will only make the Patriots better on the defensive side of things.

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Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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