Browns acquire LB Jamie Collins in blockbuster trade with Patriots

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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Andre Ellington #38 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football past outside linebacker Jamie Collins #91 of the New England Patriots during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Cardinals 23-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

BEREA, OH – The Cleveland Browns have made their move during this season’s trade deadline week.

Fox 8’s John Telich has confirmed  that the Browns will get linebacker Jamie Collins from the New England Patriots for a conditional third-round draft pick.

Collins is a 27-year-old second-round draft pick who is slated to become a free agent during the offseason. He has totaled 285 career tackles, 10.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown and one blocked extra point.  In 2015, he earned his first career Pro Bowl selection and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro second team.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our roster by acquiring talent and the trade deadline sometimes grants you that opportunity,” said Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown. “Jamie Collins is a talented-tough-young-playmaker that our coaches and personnel staff think can be a great fit for our defense. We feel really good about being able to add him to our team and look forward to getting him into our building and having him work with our coaches.”

“Jamie Collins is a really good football player and we’re excited to be able to add a player like him to our team,” said Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson. “He’s played at an extremely high level with toughness and playmaking ability for his entire career. We look forward to him being an important piece of our defense. The plan is for him to come in and learn our system quickly so he can make an immediate impact.”

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