ProFootballTalk The Patriots have traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Browns, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday. The reported price is a compensatory third-round pick. Next year’s draft is the first in which compensatory picks can be traded. Collins, 27, went to his first Pro Bowl last season. The Browns badly need defensive talent, especially at pass rusher and linebacker, so he’ll immediately be a contributor — and the Browns presumably hope he’ll be a long-term starter and building block. A second-round pick in 2013, Collins is in the final year of his rookie contract. Though the trade comes as a surprise, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has never been afraid to move players before the Patriots have to lock them up or lose them to free agency. Collins had 5.5 of his 10 career sacks last season. He has one sack and two interceptions this year. Collins had started six games and played in seven this season. He’s started 41 of 50 career games.
In an absolutely shocking move, the New England Patriots have shipped star linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a third round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. This move has people around the NFL scratching their heads, because Collins was one of the Patriots best defensive players, and was expected to be a huge part of their defense down the stretch. Jamie Collins has 43 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions for the Patriots this season. In 2015 he made the Pro Bowl totaling 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and an interception. Many Patriots fans are very upset about the team’s decision to trade Jamie Collins right now, but if they look at this from a historical standpoint, you have to give Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt. The Patriots seem to make a move like this every season, and looking back, they almost always come out winners. Also, as a Patriots fan, you can never get attached to a player who is not named Tom Brady. Collins’ contract was up after this season and he was apparently asking for Von Miller money in preliminary contract negotiations, Miller signed a six-year $114.5 million dollar contract with $70 million guaranteed last offseason, the Patriots could not afford to pay Collins so they traded him to the Browns for a third rounder instead of losing him for nothing during the offseason.
UPDATE: The New England Patriots would have gotten a compensatory third round pick anyway if Jamie Collins left in free agency, now the Browns will get a compensatory third round pick if they cannot agree to a contract extension with Collins, so this trade is bascially no risk for the Browns and makes even less sense for the Patriots than I initally thought.