According to a number of reports, The New England Patriots traded linebacker (LB) Jamie Collins for a draft pick to the Cleveland Browns Monday. The Jamie Collins trade came somewhat out of the blue.
Collins is considered to be amongst the best as well as the most versatile LBs that are to be found around in the NFL. The Jamie Collins trade is just an indicator of how New England quickly pivots even when considering veterans. This characteristic is made even starker in the light that Bill Belichick made the Jamie Collins trade him right in middle of the season in which the roster points Tom Brady toward yet another Super Bowl. In the world of New England, apparently, of you cannot gel well or happen to ask for decent money, you are kicked out in no time at all reports nj.com
Collins who also happens to be a former Pro Bowler was in the final and fourth year of his contract with the Patriots as a rookie. He was seeking a contract like the one Denver Bronvos did with Von Miller but the Patriots refused to yield reports ESPN. Earlier during the offseason the Denver Bronvos gave Von Miller a $114 million contract for a period of six years.
In place of Collins, the Patriots are set to get a third-round compensatory pick is they are awarded it during the next offseason. Reports hold that otherwise, New England will get a fourth-round pick.
In an interview aired on the sports radio WEEI the coach of the patriots explained the logic behind Jamie Collins trade who is yet to enter the prime of his career by saying “In the end, we did what we thought was best for the football team. There are a lot of things to take into consideration. I’m sure we could bring up a lot of points to talk about, but in the end, that’s really the bottom line.”
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