Cleveland Browns: Jamie Collins called top trade piece
Jamie Collins led the Cleveland Browns in tackles in 2018, but could be the odd man out in the linebacker corps as the team moves into 2019
In 2016, the Cleveland Browns made a move to acquire New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins. At the time, the Browns were a struggling franchise desperate for a playmaker and Collins provided that for them.
He was then given a high-priced extension as the Browns were willing to pay him $50 million over four seasons. That came after he recorded 69 tackles and two sacks in just eight games for the Browns following the midseason trade.
Since then, Collins has become a player ripe for criticism. 2017 saw him hampered by a knee injury. He returned in 2018 and actually led the team in tackles with 104 while adding four sacks and an interception.
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Despite those numbers, Collins seems like a guy who could be on the move, and Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report thinks he’s the top player the Browns could try and move in 2019. Of course, Gagnon thinks it would be hard to expect a lot back as Collins is nearing 30-years old and does still have a huge cap number.
"“The Browns probably shouldn’t expect too much in return for a six-year veteran who would cost his new team $9.3 million in 2019, but an opportunity could arise for Cleveland to dump most of his $11.8 million cap hit on a team in search of a one-time Pro Bowler with plenty of wisdom and experience. ” — Gagnon, Bleacher Report"
Another possibility with Collins could be for the Browns to simply cut him and get some younger players on the field. However, they’re not exactly hurting for cap space which could lead to Cleveland keeping Collins on the roster.
There’s a chance that he could be even better in 2019 than he was in 2018 considering he will be another season removed from his knee surgery. If so, no one will care about his salary.