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After two and a half seasons with the Cleveland Browns, linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. has been released. Collins had just finished the the second the year of a four-year, $50 million contract. The release will free up $9.25 million in cap space to give the Browns a total of $81 million, third in the NFL behind the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.
Collins was first acquired by Cleveland prior to week nine of the 2016 season via trade from the New England Patriots. In that first half year with the Browns, he had recorded two sacks and 69 tackles, while earning an 88.6 score according to Pro Football Focus. This warranted him being given a contract extension.
From there however, the injury bug took hold. In week two of the 2017 season, he would sustain a concussion that would put him out of action for weeks three through five. A couple weeks later, he suffered a right knee injury against the Detroit Lions. Two days after that, he was placed on injured reserve with a torn MCL.
After trying to trade Collins at this past year’s trade deadline and the rise of fifth pick, linebacker Genard Avery, the Browns decided to part ways with the linebacker. It’s highly speculated that general manager John Dorsey will be a big spender although there’s no specifics on who.