Collins' production dipped once he left Foxborough, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a knack for getting the most out of his players. With that in mind, it's no wonder they're bringing back the former Pro Bowler to bolster the defense. And it looks like they're getting him at a pretty reasonable price, too.
Patriots LB Jamie Collins' 1-year deal is complicated. The details ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 17, 2019
• $150K to sign
• $900K base ($100K guaranteed)
• $850K in per-game roster bonuses
• $100K workout bonus
• $2M in (complex) playing-time incentives
• $500K Pro Bowl incentive
• $500K All-Pro incentive
Collins started all 16 games last season for the Browns and had a solid season, recording 104 total tackles, including 13 for a loss and 4 sacks. Now that he's back with the mad genius Belichick, those numbers will likely increase. Collins could very well be in for another Pro Bowl season in 2019.
Aside from Kyle Van Noy and Dont'a Hightower, the Pats didn't have an obvious third linebacker to come in and solidify the position. Collins should see the field quite a bit this year from the strong side, and has the benefit of already being familiar with the Pats' defense.
This is an updated version of what the Jamie Collins trade looks like now that the Pats have signed him. Belichick is a genius. pic.twitter.com/0Cc1G1Xidu— ?️ig ?️enny ?️oomstick (143-19) (@DingDongsAllDay) May 15, 2019
It should be no surprise that Belichick was able to rip off the Browns with his handling of Collins, as he's done it numerous times in the past with several players. He just has a feel for when a player is worth signing or not and whether they'll fit into any other scheme but his own.
Collins played well during his time in Cleveland, but he'll almost certainly exceed that play now that he's back with the team that drafted him.