The Cleveland Browns have acquired linebacker Jamie Collins from New England.
A second-round draft pick in 2013, Collins has been one of the Patriots' better defensive players for just over three seasons, but his rookie contract ends after this season. The Patriots will get a conditional third-round selection for Collins, 27.
"We are always looking for ways to improve our roster by acquiring talent and the trade deadline sometimes grants you that opportunity," said Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown in a statement. "Jamie Collins is a talented, tough, young playmaker that our coaches and personnel staff think can be a great fit for our defense. We feel really good about being able to add him to our team and look forward to getting him into our building and having him work with our coaches."
"Jamie Collins is a really good football player and we're excited to be able to add a player like him to our team," said Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson in a statement. "He's played at an extremely high level with toughness and playmaking ability for his entire career. We look forward to him being an important piece of our defense. The plan is for him to come in and learn our system quickly so he can make an immediate impact."
Collins missed one game this season with a hip injury. He has 43 combined tackles and two interceptions.
At 0-8, the Browns certainly can use an infusion of talent, and Collins immediately becomes their best linebacker.
Earlier this year, the Browns sent linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots.
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