Collins' late-October trade from the Patriots to the Browns drew shockwaves around the league, and despite playing with significantly less talent around him, Collins remained a highly productive linebacker once arriving in Cleveland. The 27-year-old started all eight games after joining the Browns, finishing with 69 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in those appearances. Thanks to an average of over 105 stops per year since his 2013 rookie campaign, the Southern Mississippi product has earned a long-term deal worth $50 million, with $26 million in guarantees, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. In signing Collins, the Browns have locked down a key member of their defense going forward, and could further improve their defense with the first overall pick of this year's draft.
Collins was traded to Cleveland from New England back in October, despite the fact that his contract was set to expire at the end of the 2016 season. After finishing the campaign with 112 tackles and three sacks in his 15 total appearances, Collins is reportedly set to earn over $12 million per year under his impending extension. That would solidify the 27-year-old's future with the Browns, who could further bolster their defensive front with the first overall pick of this spring's NFL Draft.
Collins registered 10 tackles (nine solo) to close out the 2016 season against the Steelers on Sunday.
Collins finished with 112 tackles and three sacks between the Browns and the Patriots. He'll be a free agent in 2017, and although he said he's open to a return to the Browns, he also mentioned that money is a factor. One would think, though, that if Cleveland didn't think it'd be able to retain him, they never would have traded for him in the middle of the season.
Collins accumulated 15 tackles (13 solo) and a sack against the Bengals on Sunday.
Since joining the Browns in late October, Collins has racked up 49 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in five games. He was all over the field Sunday, and his 15 tackles were a season best. The 27-year-old has always been a solid IDP play, but with Cleveland, his fantasy value has risen dramatically.
Collins forced a fumble and notched eight tackles Sunday against the Steelers.
Collins has recorded at least eight tackles in each of his three games since becoming a member of the Browns. After averaging six tackles with the Patriots, he's now become a much more attractive IDP option while averaging nine with his new team.
|2013||New England Patriots||16||43||24.0||19||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2014||New England Patriots||15||116||74.0||42||4||2||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||89||51.0||38||5.5||1||51||51.0||51||0||6|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||43||31.0||12||1||2||31||15.5||18||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||15||1||0||4||0||2||3||2||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||0||0||5||0||1||14||1||1|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|