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Browns trade for All-World Linebacker Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins doing Jamie Collins things
Jamie Collins doing Jamie Collins things
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On Monday, the Browns pulled off a stunner and traded FOR a player, despite every evidence suggesting they'd be sellers at the trade deadline. The Browns have traded a (COMPENSATORY) third round pick for a player who, prior to 2016, was one of New England's best.

Jamie Collins, out of SMU, was entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a lucrative extension. The Browns, flush with cap, will be wholly committed to ensuring Collins is signed and around for the long term.

Collins is a one time Pro Bowler, and was a second team all-pro in both 2014 and 2015. He is a rangy plus-athlete, and creates flexibility for defenses with his ability to move sideline-to-sideline and cover everything from tight ends to wide receivers.

Here is a snapshot of the productivity he's had in New England since being a second-round draft pick in 2013:

What is funny is that not a single one of the Browns' draft picks from 2013 -- OLB Barkevious Mingo, CB Leon McFadden, S Jamoris Slaughter, DE Armonty Bryant, or OG Garrett Gilkey -- are with the club. Assuming Cleveland can get an extension done with Collins (and the trade would not make sense otherwise), then the third-round compensatory pick is well worth it.

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