In a stunning move, the Patriots traded free-agent-to-be Jamie Collins to the Browns for a compensatory third-round pick.
The news was announced by the Patriots Monday afternoon.
While the Patriots moving on from Collins given the potential financial burden of signing him, Dont’a Hightower and Malcolm Butler is conceivable in theory, the return of a third-round pick makes the move more surprising. Collins was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft and became an All-Pro player for New England.
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