The New England Patriots have traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a third-round compensatory pick in the 2017 draft. The 26-year-old was drafted #52 overall in the 2013 draft, and is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. If he does not re-sign with Cleveland they will recoup a compensatory pick in the 2018 draft.
Collins has 43 combined tackles (31 solo), 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble so far this season. He led the Patriots in combined tackles each of the last two seasons and was named to his first career Pro Bowl last season.
News of the trade was first broken by Adam Schefter, who later reported that Collins was demanding a substantial pay raise that could have spurred the Patriots to trade him now and recoup some value.
With Jamie Collins contract coming up, he was at one point asking for what one league source described as “Von Miller money.” Von: 6-$114.5M— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2016
2017 is the first NFL draft for which compensatory draft picks can be traded; Collins is the first player to be traded for such a pick.