Patriots reportedly wanted to trade Jamie Collins for DeAndre Hopkins

Ryan Hannable
February 05, 2017 - 7:25 am

[caption id="attachment_115469" align="alignright" width="400"] The Patriots reportedly wanted to trade Jamie Collins to the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)[/caption] HOUSTON -- The Patriots traded Jamie Collins to the Browns during their bye week at the end of October for a conditional third-round pick, but it appears they wanted more in return prior to that. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots tried to work out a deal with the Texans for the linebacker. First, New England wanted to trade Collins for DeAndre Hopkins, but after that was shot down Collins for cornerback Johnathan Joseph, as the Patriots reportedly "love" him. The Hopkins proposal was "a non-starter." This does say that the Patriots thought Collins had more value around the league than he actually did because in the end they only got a conditional third-round pick in return. Everything worked out for both parties as the Patriots are in the Super Bowl and Collins got a four-year, $50-milion extension. For more Patriots news, visit