NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with the free agent linebacker to bring him back to Foxborough, per a source informed of the situation. Earlier Wednesday, Rapoport reported Collins and the team were in talks for a return.
Per Rapoport, Collins' deal is for one year and worth $1.05 million with $250,000 guaranteed.
Cleveland handed the linebacker that big deal, inking Collins to a four-year, $50 million contract in 2017. He lasted just two lackluster seasons into that contract before the Browns cut him this offseason. Collins is coming off a 104-tackle, four-sack 2018 campaign, but didn't make the impact plays that warranted his high cost.
Turning 30 years old in October, Collins still has the athletic ability to be an adept off-the-ball linebacker in 2019 if motivated.
After rising to stardom early in his career in New England, a return to Foxborough could reignite his play-making ability. Bill Belichick certainly knows best how to use Collins' skillset, and the Patriots can always find room on defense for a depth player with starter-upside for the right price.