Cleveland Browns Release Linebacker Jamie Collins

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"These types of decisions are never easy".

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a photo of an Aston Martin vehicle. Two years later, Collins gets that chance.

Cleveland acquired Collins from the New England Patriots during the 2016 season for a 2017 third-round draft pick. General manager John Dorsey said the team hadn't made Johnson expendable "yet" after they signed Kareem Hunt on February 11.

The Browns will save $9.25 million in cap costs in 2019 and $13.75 million in 2020.

It seems as though all three of these teams are in desperate need of some wide receiver talent as Cleveland, Oakland, and San Francisco have all been linked to Antonio Brown.

Collins' release was hinted at during the NFL Scouting Combine when Dorsey acknowledged that the linebacker's play didn't align with his high salary.

Throughout his career, Collins has been a stat sheet stuffer, tallying seven interceptions, 23 passes defended, 13 forced fumbles, 44 tackles for loss, and 17.5 sacks from his linebacker position. Now, he's no longer part of a future that appears much brighter if Cleveland has found its franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield.

While this year's college class of linebackers isn't especially deep, there are some good ones available in free agency, including Baltimore's C.J. Mosley, Philadelphia's Jordan Hicks and Minnesota's Anthony Barr. But if Collins is interested in a one-year "prove it" deal to try and rebuild his stock, a reunion could be possible.

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