Last week, Jason La Canfora was the first to report a coming contract extension for Cleveland Browns OLB Jamie Collins. La Canfora specifically said that the deal was “expected to be done by the weekend,” which means a lot of Browns fans have been eagerly anticipating news of the extension.
So, what’s the latest? Nothing much, but Sunday evening, fans who followed the Browns on the NFL app received an alert saying that Collins has signed an extension with the Browns. Is it official? It’s kind of hard to say. The alert showcased a video with a voiceover from Browns.com’s Nathan Zegura.
The narration begins with, “Collins and the Browns have come to terms on a contract that will keep Collins with the Browns for the next four seasons [through 2020].” The narration goes on for another minute, talking about Cleveland’s long-term plan for retaining key talent.
Sounds good, right? Except that it’s the only place you’ll find the deal reported — the Browns’ mobile app. It is highly unlikely that the Browns would willingly choose to release such news on that outlet only, as opposed to Browns.com and other outlets. It almost seems like someone jumped the gun and set the news to post prematurely. While I imagine that Cleveland will still announce the signing of Collins soon, imagine how embarrassing it’d be for the aforementioned video to get out, and then negotiations stalled.
Let’s assume the news is valid, though. It’s a four-year deal, and per a previous report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the per-year salary will be more than $12.36 million per year: