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Lions release one-time Pro Bowl LB Jamie Collins after failing to trade him
Originally posted on Pro Football Rumors
By Sam Robinson | Last updated 9/28/21
No Jamie Collins trade ended up materializing, and the Lions are moving on. They officially released Collins on Tuesday afternoon.

Detroit deactivated the veteran linebacker for its Week 3 game, doing so after Dan Campbell indicated the team was shopping him. Collins will become an interesting in-season free agent, being just two years removed from a standout season in his second Patriots stint — one that led the Lions to sign him to a three-year, $30M deal in free agency.

The Lions’ previous regime authorized that pact, and Collins quickly fell out of favor with the Campbell-Brad Holmes power structure. The Lions stand to take on more than $11M in dead money as a result of this transaction. Since the trade deadline has not yet passed, Collins, 32 in October, is free to sign with any team. Although Collins restructuring his contract seemingly made him a more attractive trade piece, as his 2021 base salary dropped to $3.8M, he will likely end up with a less lucrative deal elsewhere.

This marks the second time a team has cut Collins, with the Browns doing so in 2019. The Lions went down a similar path with the longtime starter, signing him to an eight-figure-per-year contract — although, Collins’ Detroit pact did not quite match his then-linebacker-record Cleveland deal from 2017 (four years, $50M) — before cutting bait. The Patriots, who drafted Collins in the 2012 second round, signed him to a one-year, incentive-laden deal in 2019.

Used as a hybrid player in New England, Collins made the Pro Bowl in 2015 — when he registered 5.5 sacks and forced an NFL-high five fumbles — and the Southern Miss product delivered a seven-sack season in 2019. He made 101 tackles with the Lions last year. Through two games this season, Pro Football Focus rated Collins as a top-25 off-ball ‘backer.

With Collins a healthy scratch, the Lions used fourth-round rookie Derrick Barnes alongside offseason pickup Alex Anzalone against the Ravens.

Any interest?
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Veteran minimum maybe. Depends on his mindset. I think he was released cuz if bad attitude or something. And he's a step slower these days.
I knew no one would want him at that contract price... I think he certainly has some talent left but he's a bit of tweener and to get the best out of him, needs an awfully specific roles, like an aggressive big thumbing ILB which is kinda currently out of gas in the NFL as they want more coverage guys...

In some respects Collins is playing in the wrong decade, if he played two to four decades sooner people would absolutely love him.

But I'm not sure he holds up in coverage enough at ILB and I'm not sure he's big or had enough training as a pure edge rusher for OLBer... but if you want a big blitzing ILBer then he's your guy! Which is to say if you're looking for him to just play one position then other schemes will (and should) offer more than the Packers. Such as the Giants whom have some former Patriots coaches and like larger LBers and had Martinez at ILB go down for the year.

But the Packers might have interest in Collins still due to his versatility... I'm not sure Collins would be starting (assuming ILB Barnes is alright), but Collins might be a great fit as the #3 OLBer (#4 when Z get healthy) and the #3 ILBer.

But price has to be right... but if he's willing to take a one year, you know we're probably going to the playoffs and the last two years suggest we got a great shot at the NFC Championship... are you willing to play for less deal?

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