Eight year veteran linebacker Jamie Collins has agreed to a three-year contract worth $30 million dollars with the Detroit Lions. The new deal will keep Collins with the Lions through the 2023 season. Jamie Collins played for the New England Patriots in 2019, his second stint with the team that drafted him in 2013. Prior to his return to Foxborough, Collins spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
For the #Lions and LB Jamie Collins, it’s a 3-year worth $30M, source said. The deal includes $18M fully guaranteed. A nice payday and a reunion with coach Matt Patricia.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Jamie Collins Signs With Detroit Lions
Jamie Collins returned to New England following a three-year stint in Cleveland with the Browns. Drafted by the Patriots in the second round in 2013, Collins figured to be an impact player. His career got off to a fast start, posting impressive numbers in his first few seasons, including four forced fumbles in 2014. Collins achieved his peak in his first Patriots stint during the 2015 season when he made the Pro Bowl, posting career highs at the time in forced fumbles (five) and passes defended (six). His elite athleticism made Collins a can’t miss player at the beginning of his career.
Collins was dealt to Cleveland midway through the 2016 season. He was unable to repeat the same success with the Browns, and often found himself injured, missing all but six games in 2017. However, after the 2018 season, Collins reunited with his original team, signing a one year “prove it” deal. Collins didn’t disappoint, putting up a career high in interceptions with three, one of which went for a touchdown. Collins also tallied ten tackles for loss and a career best seven sacks. He was a one man wrecking crew for the Patriots defense for most of the season before falling off late.
As Jamie Collins enters his ninth season in the NFL, there is no question he can still hold his own and then some. The question lies in his ability to stay on the field. The two-time Super Bowl Champion has dealt with several nagging injuries and missed significant time in two different seasons. Now that he’s nine years into his career, the question of his durability may only grow. Despite the questions, Collins did play a full sixteen games in 2019. It will certainly be interesting to see if Collins can replicate his impressive 2019 campaign.
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