AP source: Browns ac­quired LB Jamie Collins from Pa­tri­ots

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Cleve­land Browns have ac­quired line­backer Jamie Collins from New Eng­land, a per­son with knowl­edge of the trade tells The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Mon­day be­cause the deal has not of­fi­cially been an­nounced. Tues­day is the NFL’s trade dead­line.

A sec­ond-round draft pick in 2013, Collins has been one of the Pa­tri­ots’ bet­ter de­fen­sive play­ers for just over three sea­sons, but his rookie con­tract ends af­ter this sea­son. The Pa­tri­ots will get a con­di­tional third-round se­lec­tion for Collins, 27.

Collins missed one game this sea­son with a hip in­jury. He has 43 com­bined tack­les and two in­ter­cep­tions.

At 0-8, the Browns cer­tainly can use an in­fu­sion of tal­ent, and Collins im­me­di­ately be­comes their best line­backer.

Ear­lier this year, the Browns sent line­backer/de­fen­sive end Barke­vi­ous Mingo to the Pa­tri­ots.

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