The New England Patriots pulled the trigger on a shocking trade Monday, sending Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a compensatory third-round pick. The deal was baffling on the surface, but after digging a bit deeper, it makes some sense.
That’s not to say Collins is exactly thrilled with going from a Super Bowl contender to the worst team in the league. While he’ll welcome the opportunity to thrive in a new situation, he’d probably much rather win a ring in New England.
“This is my new home,” Collins said regarding a possible long-term deal with the Browns, via Cleveland.com. “This is my focus. I’m ready.”
“I ain’t got no problems with coming here and doing what I got to do. I’m a player and I’m a grown man. I know my job and that’s to do what I got to do. I’m going to come in here and do what’s best for the team. That’s what I always do. This ain’t my first rodeo. Coming out of college, I was 0-12 and they still took me. I’m good in this position. I’m good. Trust me.’’