Jamie Collins has come a long way from his days as a Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler.
The Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday they have released the 29-year-old linebacker, who still is owed $22 million over the final two years of his four-year, $50 million contract.
Browns officially have released LB Jamie Collins. Team had been trying to trade him, no takers, so now released.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2019
Collins had a tweet ready to go before the Browns even made the announcement.
Collins came to Cleveland in October 2016 via a surprise trade with the New England Patriots, who selected him with the 52nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The veteran linebacker earned a hefty contract prior to the 2017 season but didn't quite live up to the hype; he missed 10 games due to injury in 2017 and played in all 16 games last season but couldn't recapture the form that made him an essential cog in New England's defense.
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Collins still led the Browns in tackles in 2018 with 104, though, and could get scooped up by a team willing to take on his contract.
A reunion with the Patriots obviously is a possibility, as New England may need an edge rusher if it doesn't re-sign Trey Flowers. The Patriots even had internal discussions about re-acquiring Collins prior to last season's trade deadline, per a report, and would be able to absorb Collins' $11.75 million cap hit if Flowers doesn't return.
Given Collins' price tag, though, Bill Belichick and Co. likely would look for cheaper options via the NFL Draft or free agency before considering shelling out seven figures to a linebacker who turns 30 in October.
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