Patriots reportedly in talks with former LB Jamie Collins

Ryan Hannable
May 15, 2019 - 1:51 pm

Could this be the offseason of former players rejoining the Patriots?

After Ben Watson signed last week, maybe linebacker Jamie Collins is next.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are in talks with the free agent linebacker on a return to New England. Collins was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline in 2016 after it seemed he wasn't buying into the defense. 

Collins was released by the Browns on March 6 and has been a free agent ever since. Last year, the 29-year-old compiled 104 tackles, four sacks and four passes defended. Even in Cleveland it seemed the team wasn't getting the most out of Collins' skill set, but perhaps Bill Belichick can try again.

If he returns to New England, he would join a linebackers room with Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Ja'Whaun Bentley, Christian Sam and be coached by former teammate Jerod Mayo.

Collins was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2013 draft.

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