The New England Patriots agreed to an agreement with free-agent linebacker Jamie Collins, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
This is a meeting for the Patriots and Collins, as the club had selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft. The deal was first reported by the Boston Globe.
The team is well supplied in its offline linebacker position, where Collins plays, so there is no guarantee that his return home will result in a position on the list.
Dont & # 39; a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are holders for the Patriots, while the fifth round pick of 2018, Ja & # 39; Whaun Bentley, made a promise last year before landing on the reserve for injuries in the Week 3. In addition, the four-year veteran, Elandon Roberts, returns with 2018. The sixth-round selection of Christian Sam among those who will compete for a position on the list.
Hightower made reference to Collins's return on social media on Wednesday, posting "I have returned ……. @ j_collins91 #SmashBros back!"
Collins, who led the Browns with 104 tackles last season, was released by Cleveland on March 6. He planned to earn $ 10 million in salaries in 2019 and $ 12 million in 2020.
While Collins' game was solid, it was never spectacular. In 30 starts in Cleveland, he had 7 sacks and 4 interceptions. But none was an important game that changed the game and deserved a contract that made him one of the best paid linebackers in the league.
When launching Collins, the Browns saved $ 2.5 million in salary cap space this season, $ 9.25 million in 2019 and $ 13.75 million in 2020.
After losing 10 games during the 2017 season after undergoing surgery for a tear of the medial collateral ligament, Collins restarted the 16 games in 2018. In addition to leading the team in tackles, he had 4 sacks, one interception, one ball forced loose and a fumble recovery.
The Browns changed for Collins the season after he led the Patriots in tackles and went to the Pro Bowl. Cleveland then signed him with a four-year, $ 50 million contract before reaching free agency in 2017.
ESPN's Mike Reiss contributed to this report.