Re-leasing Collins will only cost the Browns $2.5 million in salary-cap distance in 2013 and conserves the Browns $9.25 million in cap costs at 2019 and $13.75 million in 2020. Collins had been due to earn $10 million in $ 1-2 million in 2020 and salary at 2019.
“we would like to thank Jamie for his gifts into the Cleveland Browns,” general director John Dorsey said in an statement. “All these kinds of decisions are not easy. Jamie is actually a respected veteran player in this league and we WISh him the best as he continues his livelihood “
Thanks for everything @Browns 💯
— Jamie Collins (@j_collins91) March 6, 2019
The Browns exchanged for Collins the year later he proceeded into the Pro Bowl and led New England in tackles. Before he even struck on free agency cleveland signed him to a $50 million contract.
Afterwards he needed surgery collins started eight games after the commerce for the Browns, but missed 10 games in 2017.
He returned to start all 16 games in 2018 and led the team in tackles with 104 (7 3 solo), together with 4 sacks and an interception, forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
However, while Collins’ drama was solid, it was not spectacular. In 30 starts in Cleveland, he had 4 interceptions and 7 sacks. However none were major plays worth a contract that made him one of the highest-paid linebackers in the league.