Daily Dawg Tags: Jamie Collins gets paid


The Cleveland Browns used some of that cap space by signing linebacker Jamie Collins to a four-year deal, giving the team a player to build around.

The Cleveland Browns didn’t give fans much to cheer about in 2016, but some good things did come of the 1-15 campaign.

One of the positives was the trade that brought linebacker Jamie Collins to Cleveland from New England. It was a trade that surprised many Browns fans, but there was no complaining to be had.

Collins came to Cleveland on the final year of his contract, but it was clear the Browns acquired the star linebacker with the expectation of making him a key presence on the roster for years to come.

This expectation became reality Monday when the Browns signed Collins to a four-year deal, continuing the reconstruction of the team that began last season. With the addition of Gregg Williams as the new defensive coordinator, the entire unit is shaping up for improvement in 2017.

The key now will be to continue to build the defense through the NFL Draft, with Myles Garrett likely being the next big name to join the defense for next season.

For now, fans can rest easy knowing the Browns are moving away from hoarding cap space and are actively investing in talent. Let’s look at that and more in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Cleveland Browns sign Jamie Collins to a new deal

"The Cleveland Browns and linebacker Jamie Collins have agreed on a four-year deal."

Why are people so afraid that Deshaun Watson may actually be good?

"The coaching staff for the Cleveland Browns is in Mobile, Ala., this week working with the players involved in the annual Senior Bowl."

Browns confirm four-year deal with Jamie Collins (Dawgs by Nature)

"Monday evening, the Cleveland Browns confirmed that they have signed LB Jamie Collins to a four-year contract extension. The extension will keep Collins with the club through 2021."

Pairing Gregg Williams with Jamie Collins could be worth $50 million (ESPN.com)

"Raise the flag and sound the alarm — the Cleveland Browns are not waving goodbye to one of their key players."

NFL news:

Matt Ryan, Falcons to discuss contract extension (FanSided)

"Despite being signed through the 2018 season, the Falcons may be interested in signing quarterback Matt Ryan to an extension this offseason, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport."

Tom Brady receives highest grade in AFC Championship (Musket Fire)

"It was a great overall game for the New England Patriots. In the 36-17 win, it was a total team effort by the Patriots."

Redskins promote Greg Manusky, hire Jim Tomsula (NFL.com)

"The Washington Redskins made official their hire of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky on Monday morning, and also announced the signing of a familiar face to run the defensive line."