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NFL Research: Patriots' notable transactions in Belichick Era

With the Patriots trading former Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday, NFL Research takes a look back at some other notable trades and releases made by New England in recent years.

Notable players released or traded by Patriots in Belichick Era 

QB Drew Bledsoe (2002)

S Lawyer Milloy (2002)

CB Ty Law (2005)

LB Willie McGinest (2006)

WR Deion Branch (2006)

QB Matt Cassel (2009)

LB Mike Vrabel (2009)

DE Richard Seymour (2009)

WR Randy Moss (2010)

TE Aaron Hernandez (2013)

G Logan Mankins (2014)

DE Vince Wilfork (2015)

LB Jamie Collins (2016)

*The above list does not include free agents (i.e. WR Wes Welker, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Aqib Talib, CB Asante Samuel, K Adam Vinatieri)

Jamie Collins profile

-Collins is in the final year of his rookie contract ($917,865 in 2016)

-Won Super Bowl XLIX vs. Seahawks (had a team-high 8 tackles)

-Career stats (50 games played): 285 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 5 INT, 16 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles

-Collins ranked third on the Patriots in tackles this season (led team in tackles in 2014 and 2015)

How good was Collins in the last three seasons?

-Tackles: 247 (1st on team)

-Forced fumbles: 10 (1st)

-Fumble recoveries: 3 (1st)

-Tackles for loss: 17 (T-1st)

-Interceptions: 5 (T-2nd)

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