Collins' absence was 'expected and is not contract-related'


Collins' absence was 'expected and is not contract-related'

FOXBORO -- Jamie Collins was not at Thursday’s training camp practice, the first of the 2016 season open to the public and media.

But Collins’ absence was expected by the team, according to a source, and is not related to any looming contract discord.

Collins is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal and will make a salary of $917K, which is about $10M less than players of his ilk. The 2015 Pro Bowl linebacker hasn’t intimated anything about a holdout and his social media offerings only mention his intention to be at camp.

But Collins was the only Patriot not on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list that was not spotted at all. Dion Lewis, who hasn’t been cleared to play, also wasn’t seen during the morning workout. Other PUP players like Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola were out on the field.

Collins is one of several key Patriots entering the final year of their contract. Given how much his peers are making and the physical risks inherent in an NFL season, it would be logical for him to have an eye on his financial future. But that wasn’t part of the equation on Thursday.

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.