NFL Rumors: Jamie Collins taking massive pay cut in return to Patriots

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

NFL Rumors: Jamie Collins taking massive pay cut in return to Patriots originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

Want proof Jamie Collins was a low-risk pickup for the New England Patriots? Just look at his contract.

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The veteran linebacker will play the 2019 season on a one-year contract worth just $1.05 million with relatively little guaranteed money and incentives, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

That's a steep drop-off from the $10.6 million Collins earned with the Browns in 2018 after signing a four-year, $50 million extension with Cleveland the previous season.

In fact, that $1.05 million is also less than the $1.15 million signing bonus Collins earned from the Patriots after they took him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Collins earned a Pro Bowl nod with New England in 2015 and was one of the team's best defensive players before his surprise trade to the Browns in 2016.

The 29-year-old battled injuries and inconsistency in Cleveland, leading to his release this past March. But the Patriots apparently saw enough in Collins to bring him back for round two, and they aren't breaking the bank to do so.

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