After failing to find a trade partner, the Detroit Lions released LB Jamie Collins.
The Detroit Lions released veteran linebacker Jamie Collins after failing to find a trade partner.
The Lions confirmed the roster change on Tuesday, less than a week after head coach Dan Campbell revealed the team was looking into trading linebacker Brandon Graham.
As the Lions looked for suitors, Collins, a nine-year NFL veteran, ceased reporting to practice before Week 3. Last week, Campbell said he met with Collins to discuss their plans to trade him, but the organization was unable to strike an agreement with another team.
On Thursday, Campbell said of Collins, “We’ve been through two games now and you make your appraisal and your judgement after two games and that’s where we’re at.” “Again, we felt like it was, if you’re going to grow and attempt to improve as a team, as a unit, everything, you better do it now.
“I believe this is also in Jamie’s best interests. We’re merely in a different area while he goes somewhere and does what he does.”
Collins, who is 31 years old, is free to sign with any team right now. This season, he’ll earn a fully guaranteed $8.8 million from the Lions.
Collins, a two-time Pro Bowler, has 10 total tackles and a fumble recovery in two games this season for the Lions.
Jamie Collins’ forced fumble and recovered picture.
— Lions of Detroit (@Lions) November 15, 2020
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