By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Jamie Collins is reuniting with Matt Patricia. The former Patriots linebacker agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions on Monday, as first reported by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who later added that it's a three-year deal for $30 million.
The deal reportedly includes $18 million guaranteed for Collins. It's a very nice payday for the linebacker after he returned to the Patriots in a classic one-year prove-it deal and had something of a renaissance season.
Collins played in all 16 games in 2019 and started 15, logging a career-best seven sacks and 10 quarterback hits. He also defended seven passes, including three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in Week 2 against the Dolphins.
The majority of Collins' production came over the course of the first eight games of the season, during which the Pats went 8-0. Though he relatively tailed off in the second half of the season, it was a nice campaign for Collins nonetheless. The Lions have rewarded him for his efforts.
Patricia coached Collins from 2012 through the first half of the 2016 season as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. Collins also reunites with former teammate Trey Flowers on the Lions defense.
After the departure of Collins and Kyle Van Noy to the Dolphins, the Patriots have a linebacker depth chart that includes ILBs Dont'a Hightower and Ja'Whaun Bentley, and OLBs John Simon and Chase Winovich. Elandon Roberts is on track for unrestricted free agency but remains a possibility to return.
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