Collins has drawn interest from the Patriots in free agency, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Collins has taken his time fielding contract offers since being released by Cleveland on March 6 and is one of the most accomplished defensive players remaining on the open market. The Patriots' interest in Collins makes sense, given that they have familiarity with the linebacker after selecting him with a second-round pick in 2013 before trading him to the Cleveland in 2016. Collins' potential return to New England would significantly beef up a linebacking corps currently headed by Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy.

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