Cleveland Browns: John Dorsey non-committal on Jamie Collins
When asked about linebacker Jamie Collins and his large salary, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey was non-committal in his response
Taking over the Cleveland Browns just ahead of the 2018 offseason, general manager John Dorsey was a man on a mission. He wanted to rid the team of their losing culture and bring in players he deemed worthy of winning football.
His first move made waves as he immediately released receiver Kenny Britt, who had an enormous price tag but his production didn’t match. Now heading into the 2019 offseason, there are questions as to whether or not Dorsey will be parting with more overpriced players from the previous regime.
One player who fits that bill is linebacker Jamie Collins. While he had a good season for the Browns, Collins is due to make $10.5 million which makes it questionable as to whether or not he will return. And when asked about Collins status, Dorsey was non-committal in his reply.
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"“We have to self-assess our team,” said Dorsey via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “We’ve been concentrating on other things. Normally, we have that assessment already. I don’t think we’re ready to make that full assessment of where we are. We will take the input of the new coaching staff and we will see what they have to say moving forward and see in what direction we are headed.”"
To be fair, this is the best response Dorsey could have given. He will sit down with head coach Freddie Kitchens and defensive coordinator and get their input — which could be huge. There’s a chance that he could sit down with Wilks and find out that the defensive play caller believes they can get some great production out of Collins.
Dorsey is taking the smart approach with Collins and leaving all options on the table. Collins is coming off a year in which he had 104 tackles, four sacks, and an interception. He showed flashes of the player they traded for from New England, which could be a reason to keep him on staff.
Fortunately for the Browns, the salary cap isn’t a big issue yet. So their decision on Collins will likely come down to the opinion Kitchens and Wilks have of him.