The NFL world was thrown for a loop on Monday when the New England Patriots traded Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns.
Why would the AFC’s top squad trade a key cog that some within the team felt was their best player on the defensive side of the ball?
Since the trade, a lot of reports have come out of New England suggesting that Collins wasn’t necessarily buying into the team’s defense. He was free-lancing at times. Maybe a fish out of water.
Of course, it’s not necessarily a surprise that leaks came out of the Pats’ organization bad-mouthing Collins. It’s something we have seen in the past.
It’s part of the Patriots’ way. And it’s this cold-blooded mentality that is one of the primary reasons New England has remained on top for so long.
One report in particular seemed interesting. It indicated that Collins was seeking Von Miller money in contract extension talks with the team.
Now a member of the winless Browns, Collins felt it was time to set the record straight in this one regard.
#Browns Jamie Collins said he never asked for Von Miller money: "I'm not Von Miller. Let's be smart"
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 2, 2016
That’s pretty much the reaction most people had when hearing of the aforementioned report. Collins is a darn good football player. He will do well for a talent-stricken Browns squad. But in no way is he Von Miller.
At the very least, Collins understands his value. That’s something the Browns can work with as they look to retain the soon-to-be free agent over the long term.