The New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns have been involved with several trades this season, most of which sent veterans or failed first-round picks from Ohio to Massachusetts. Even so, on Monday, the two teams finally reversed roles.
Cleveland acquired former second-round pick linebacker Jaime Collins for a compensatory third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The fallout is still coming from this deal, but ProFootballTalk reports that the Patriots were concerned about the effect that his freelancing, which he tends to do, was having on the New England defense. That won’t be a problem on the shores of Lake Erie, however.
“The way he freelances is OK with me,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s a very talented player.”
The Browns have departed with several veterans lately and were reportedly shopping offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Trading for Collins is the first example of Jackson’s version of the Browns bringing in veteran assistance. He should help immediately when Cleveland takes on the Dallas Cowboys next week.
Collins will be an unrestricted free agent next spring, but Jackson said the team wouldn’t have traded for him if they didn’t think he would re-sign and that contract negotiations would begin in the near future.
The linebacker is in his fourth year NFL season and has 43 total tackles along with three pass defenses, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one sack this season. Last year, he made his first Pro Bowl while registering 89 total tackles, six pass defenses, 5.5 sacks and one interception .