Solid veterans are always necessary for a team that is learning how to be a winning franchise. Jamie Collins Sr. was a great piece general manager John Dorsey brought in to help congeal the Cleveland Browns’ defense. Now that Cleveland is on the right path, it seems as though the team is willing let Collins forge his own.
The Browns released the veteran linebacker on Wednesday.
Collins joined the Browns via trade during the 2016 season. He started all 16 games last year and recorded 104 tackles, four sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Collins was originally drafted by New England in the second round of the 2013 draft.
It would have been easy for Collins to slide into the cliche of, “You’ve been traded to Cleveland,” and steal a paycheck, like many veterans have done in Cleveland in the past, and wait out the year until free agency or another trade. He, however, did make a solid go of his time in Cleveland. Nagging injuries kept him off the field for a time, and having less than stellar defensive coordinators did not help refine Collins’ game any. Despite these events, Collins did well enough to earn a four-year, $50 million contract with $26.40 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $5 million. It is not without the realm of possibility that this move is nothing more than a salary dump. It is even more curious seeing as though the Browns might be slightly showing their hand for the NFL Draft with this move and their other recent offense-oriented free-agent activity, as previously written about here at Big Sports Bulletin.
Collins is still good enough to contribute as a starter in the NFL. Interested teams could be, ironically enough, teams like Kansas City and Seattle, both of whom have edge rushers the Browns would be interested in signing themselves.