Jamie Collins Rejected $11MM/Year From Pats

Before he was traded to the Browns, linebacker Jamie Collins turned down a contract offer of $11MM per year from the Patriots, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). While no other details of the proposal, such as guaranteed money or contract structure, are known, $11MM is far less than the $15MM franchise tag that Collins would have required.Jamie Collins (Vertical)

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At one point, Collins was asking the Patriots for “Von Miller money” — six years, $114.5MM — Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick were never likely to pay that total, nor assign Collins the franchise tag, says Joel Corry of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). As such, negotiations between the club and Collins were predictably going nowhere. Talks had “not progressed,” per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com (Twitter link), while a source tells Volin that New England was “having a lot of trouble” in negotiations (Twitter link).

Both sides appeared ready to “move on,” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links), and today’s trade allows both parties to do just that. “The thinking is, if they don’t want me, go someplace that does,” Bus Cook, Collins’ agent, Rapoport after the deal was completed.

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6 comments on “Jamie Collins Rejected $11MM/Year From Pats

  1. Giants51

    Smart move moron….. Now you can play for a last place team……

    • gmflores27

      Because it’s all about the money. I’m sure he wants Von Miller money which is much more than this

      • Mo Vaughn

        Its another $1.5M per year

  2. Raymond

    come on people. maybe there is something else beyond money talks.

  3. Chris

    So let me get this straight. Collins is a top ranked LB in the league. He’s a former pro bowler and all pro. He’s won a super bowl. So as far as achievement he’s done it all. The patriots low ball him, and in a sport where your days are numbered he wants to make the most he can while he can. If the Pats really wanted him they would’ve paid him. Browns might be 0-7 but they’ve started accumulating a lot of talent and pics. If they can learn to close these leads they get they’ll be a force next season

  4. winterpatriot

    Never sure what the 4 game absence for a “contagous virus” was all about…suspicious…

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