Curran: Collins a home-run-hitter with poor plate discipline

Curran: Collins a home-run-hitter with poor plate discipline

While Tom E. Curran admitted he was “stunned” by the Patriots’ trade of Jamie Collins to the Browns for a third-round pick, he and Mike Giardi said Monday that Collins wasn’t a longterm fit for the Pats due to his play and his contract demands. 

Curran noted that the Patriots felt motivated to move away from a player commanding $50 million-plus guaranteed despite not performing at that level. Giardi added that some of Collins’ camp’s comps might have been unrealistic. 

“When they had their initial conversations, he was talking Olivier Vernon money, that was $53 million guaranteed from the Giants this past offseason,” Giardi said. “Adam Schefter reported Von Miller money was what he was asking for, and let’s face it: There was no way Jamie Collins was going to get that from the Patriots.”

Equally as concerning as the ask was Collins’ performance on the field. Following the trade, former Pats coaching staff assistant Mike Lombardi said that Collins was prone to do “whatever he wants,” which ultimately hurt the Pats. Curran said he agreed with the assessment, pointing to Owen Daniels’ performance against him in last season’s AFC Championship. 

“For me, I’ve been saying really since the AFC Championship game that Jamie Collins is doing things that don’t help the team win too often,” Curran said. “He makes the flash play, but he’s a .240 hitter with 40 home runs, but he also going to have  bad plate discipline, he’s going to swing and miss and he’s going to do fundamental things you don’t want.”

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.