Patriots Trade Jamie Collins to Browns
The NFL is not a league that is typically associated with blockbuster trades. However with Tuesday’s trade deadline looming, the Patriots dropped a bombshell, trading star LB Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns.
In return, the Patriots receive a compensatory third round draft pick, which in reality could be a fourth round pick as compensatory picks come at the end of the round.
This is yet another move that will be greeted harshly by Patriots Nation. And while it can certainly be questioned, the logic makes sense.
I know Collins is an incredible talent, he’s made plays we’ve never seen a New England player make. I’m sure the Patriots would’ve loved to keep him around, at the right price.
Collins is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season and was reportedly not even close to agreeing to a contract extension with the Patriots.
Given what the Patriots received in return, it would’ve made sense to let Collins play out the season and then leave in free agency.
However it was clear Collins was beginning to fall out of favor with Bill Belichick. There were too many times where Collins was freelancing on defense and getting beat.
After playing every snap of the Patriots’ first four games, Collins’ snaps have dropped in every game sense. Collins played just 62 percent of New England’s defensive snaps in yesterday’s win over Buffalo.
According to Adam Schefter, Collins was asking for Von Miller money from the Patriots, and Bill Belichick was never going to pay that.
Collins, Donta Hightower, Chandler Jones, and Malcolm Butler were all set to become free agents after this season. Given their salary cap situation, the patriots could only sign two of them to extensions.
There were going to be hard decisions to make, but I believe New England made the right choice. By trading Jones and Collins, the door is open for Belichick to sign Malcolm butler and Dont’a Hightower.
There is no question Hightower is the more important piece on defense. He’s the captain of the defense, wears the green dot to communicate with the sideline, he does it all.
Collins is an excellent talent, but he’s not a leader like Hightower.
We’ve seen Belichick do this before, this is the same guy who traded Randy Moss, Richard Seymour and Logan Mankins. And time will tell if he’s right on this one.
In the meantime, Barkevious Mingo and Kyle Van Noy, you guys are the next men up, time to do your jobs. Let’s go win a Super Bowl.