Released linebacker Jamie Collins is reportedly working on a deal with his former employer, the New England Patriots, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates.
The 31-year-old linebacker was released by the Detroit Lions on September 28 after the franchise could not find a suitable transaction for him, and so he entered the free-agent market.
Collins was drafted in the second round by the Patriots in 2013 and spent three years with Foxborough before moving to the Cleveland Browns in 2016. After a few years on the AFC team, Collins returned to where it all began in 2019 before the Detroit Lions signed him to a three-year free agent contract in 2020.
Collins in line to return to the New England Patriots?
In order to bring Collins to the team, the Patriots are believed to put Henry Anderson, a defensive lineman, on the injured reserve list following a chest injury he sustained against the Buccaneers on Sunday night, so Collins has a roster spot open.
Now that Collins returns to Boston, he adds even more experience to a defense that included Kyle Van Noy and Dont’a Hightower who tormented Tom Brady over the team’s loss. It is thought that due to his familiarity with the Patriots’ defense system and schedule, Collins should be able to fit right in with limited practice reps.
After being decimated at linebacker with Ja’Whaun who was injured on Sunday-evening and Raekwon McMillan tore his ACL back in the preseason, the Patriots had to go to their exhibition squad with Jahlani Tavai, who played in the last two games. But with Collins seemingly returning, he will help bolster the linebacking core.
Adding Collins to a defense that has only given up more than 20 points once in his four games with 17, 19 and six points allowed in the other three games will only make the Patriots’ defense better. Add to that the fact that Collins is a great run stopper, it gives Steve Belichick and co more to work with on the defensive side of the ball.
Whether the deal goes through or not remains to be seen, but there’s a feeling it’s only a matter of time before Collins returns to where it all started for him.