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Patriots reportedly have discussed potentially trading for Jamie Collins

Ryan Hannable
October 28, 2018 - 6:16 pm

The NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday afternoon and it appears the Patriots will be in the mix on almost every available player.

The team has several needs, including linebacker, and perhaps a familiar name could be brought back.

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Patriots have had internal discussions about trading for linebacker Jamie Collins. Collins of course was traded to the Browns by the Patriots at the deadline in 2016. It doesn't seem like it is just the Patriots either, as there have been reports over the last few days of Collins generating interest from across the league.

Collins had 11 tackles in the loss to the Steelers Sunday and has 55 on the season.

The linebacker is signed through 2020, but has a potential out after this year. Collins is due $10 million in base salary next year and $12 million in 2020. 

From this viewpoint, Collins returning doesn't seem very likely given how things ended two years ago.

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