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Ex-Patriots LB Jamie Collins has fitting reaction to Tom Brady as Buccaneers QB

Ex-Patriots LB Jamie Collins has fitting reaction to Tom Brady as Buccaneers QB

The sight of Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a strange one for many New England Patriots fans, and it sounds like Jamie Collins feels the same way.

Collins spoke on an introductory conference call Tuesday in his first press availability since leaving the Patriots and signing with the Detroit Lions in NFL free agency. He was asked about Brady's surprising decision to sign with the Buccaneers, and the veteran linebacker wasn't afraid to admit that it feels a bit odd. 

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Collins was drafted by the Patriots in 2013 and remained in New England until the team traded him to the Cleveland Browns in the middle of the 2016 campaign. He won a championship with Brady during the 2014 season when the Patriots defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

The 30-year-old linebacker returned to the Patriots as a free agent for the 2019 season and was one of the team's best defensive players. He tallied a team-high seven sacks and a career-high three interceptions, along with 81 total tackles, three forced fumbles and seven passes defensed.

Collins was able to parlay his strong 2019 campaign into a reported three-year, $30 million contract with the Lions in free agency. He'll reunite with former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Lions head coach Matt Patricia in Detroit.

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Duron Harmon was at dentist when Bill Belichick told him he was traded from Patriots to Lions

Duron Harmon was at dentist when Bill Belichick told him he was traded from Patriots to Lions

More than a few reporters have described getting information out of Bill Belichick to be like pulling teeth.

Well, recently traded Patriots safety Duron Harmon had his own dental-work interaction with the coach on Wednesday. He was informed of his trade to the Detroit Lions by the Patriots coach while sitting in the dentist's chair.

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Harmon explained in his introductory Skype session (that's the new way NFL acquisitions are being introduced in the coronavirus era) with reporter Tori Petry of the Lions team website: 

Harmon said that as the dentist was wiggling his tooth, his phone began to vibrate. He saw it was Belichick, but didn't answer initially. Ten minutes later, the coach left a message to call him back.

"I finished getting my tooth taken out, my jaw's as puffy as ever, I call him back, we're on the phone, talking a little bit, some small talk, and he lets me know, right after my tooth's been taken out, 'You've been traded to the Lions,'" Harmon said.

So, having his Patriot career end right then and there after seven years "was a lot to process," said Harmon, who played with fellow Rutgers products and close friends Devin and Jason McCourty in the Pats secondary. "It was a lot of emotions, but in the end, it was the best thing for both situations. For myself, coming here and joining such a great organization and lead the way I know how, and the Patriots get some room on their salary cap."

Harmon is reunited with his former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, now the Lions head coach, in Detroit as well as former Patriots teammate Steve Gregory, the Lions defensive backs coach. Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins and defensive tackle Danny Shelton were free-agent signees of the Lions this week and ex-Pats defensive end Trey Flowers joined Patricia in Detroit last offseason. 

Ex-Lions CB Darius Slay rips Matt Patricia after being traded to Eagles

Ex-Lions CB Darius Slay rips Matt Patricia after being traded to Eagles

It's safe to say Darius Slay is happy to be moving on from the Detroit Lions.

The All-Pro cornerback was traded by Detroit to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, partly due to his unsalvagable relationship with Lions head coach Matt Patricia. Shortly after being traded, Slay told Detroit's WJR radio station he didn't respect Patricia as a person, per Justin Rogers of the Detroit News.


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Slay also proceeded to rip Patricia for a 2018 incident in which he felt disrespected by the former New England Patriots defensive coordinator.

"He told me in front of the whole team, in the team meeting room, showed clips of me in practice getting a ball caught on me or so in practice," Slay told the Detroit Free Press. "I posted a picture (of a wide receiver on Instagram), and he told me, stop sucking this man’s private. So I’m like, 'Whoa.' I’m like, 'Hold up.' Where I’m from, that don’t fly. Cause I wouldn’t say that to him. I wouldn’t say to him to stop you know what to Bill Belichick. I wouldn’t do that. That’s just not me as a man. That’s disrespectful to me and so from there on it was done with."

Another incident that irked Slay was Patricia telling the three-time Pro Bowler he had no business hanging around "elite" cornerbacks like Richard Sherman and Aqib Talib, because he was only "good."

Patricia responded to Slay's comments in a statement e-mailed to the Detroit Free Press.

"Over the last two seasons, Darius and I have had multiple conversations in private that I believed were constructive and satisfactory," Patricia's statement read. "My discussions with athletes are confidential and I won't comment on anything discussed with our players in a team meeting. I appreciate his hard work and wish he and his family all the success in Philadelphia.”

Slay went on to say his relationship with Patricia improved in 2019, but the incidents in 2018 made their relationship impossible to fully repair.

With Slay's seven-year Lions tenure officially over, he'll provide a huge boost to an Eagles secondary that desperately needs it. In 2019, Slay had two interceptions in 14 games to go along with 13 passes defended.

Patricia is 9-22 since leaving the Patriots to become the Lions' head coach in 2018.