No Jamie collins eventually the trade materialized, and the Lions moved on. They officially released Collins on Tuesday afternoon.
Detroit turned off the veteran linebacker for his Week 3 game, after Dan Campbell indicated that the team was buying it. Collins will become an interesting free agent in the season, being just two years off a stellar season in his second stint with the Patriots – one that led to the Lions signing him to a three-year, $ 30 million deal. free.
The previous Lions regime authorized this pact, and Collins quickly fell out of favor with the Campbell-Brad holmes power structure. The Lions are set to cash more than $ 11 million in dead money as a result of this transaction. With the trade deadline not yet passed, Collins, 32 in October, is free to sign with any team. While Collins’ restructuring of his contract has apparently made him a more attractive piece of business, as his base salary in 2021 has fallen to $ 3.8 million, he will likely end up with a less lucrative deal elsewhere.
This is the second time a team has removed Collins, the Browns doing so in 2019. The Lions have followed a similar path with the longtime starter, signing him to an eight-figure-a-year contract – however, Collins in Detroit. didn’t quite match his record-breaking deal with the then-Cleveland linebacker of 2017 (four years, $ 50 million) – before cutting the bait. The Patriots, who drafted Collins in the second round of 2012, signed him to an incentive-laden one-year contract in 2019.
Used as a hybrid player in New England, Collins made the Pro Bowl in 2015 – when he recorded 5.5 sacks and forced five fumbles, an NFL-high – and the Southern Miss product delivered a seven-sack season in 2019. He made 101 tackles with the Lions last year. In two games this season, Pro Football Focus has ranked Collins among the top 25 off-ball contributors.
With Collins a healthy scratch, the Lions used a fourth-round rookie Derrick barnes next to off-season pickup Alex Anzalone against the Ravens.
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