Detroit Lions release veteran LB Jamie Collins after exploring trade
The Detroit Lions dismissed linebacker Jamie Collins on Tuesday after unsuccessfully trying to trade him.
Collins, a nine-year Lions veteran, ceased reporting to practice ahead of Week 3 while the team considered his options.
Coach Dan Campbell stated last week that he met with Collins to discuss the team’s desire to trade him, but the Lions were unable to strike an agreement.
Collins is free to join another club right now. This year, he will earn a total of $8.8 million from Detroit ($5 million bonus, $3.8 million salaries).
Collins, a one-time Pro Bowler, has 10 total tackles, one for a loss, and a fumble recovery in this season’s back-to-back losses to San Francisco and Green Bay.
Last week, Campbell said that he thought it was “time for a reduced role” for Collins, and that he chose to play the younger players of the team instead.”We’ve played two games now, and after two games, you make your evaluation and judgment, and that’s where we’re at,” Campbell said of Collins last Thursday. “Again, we felt that if you’re going to develop and strive to become better as a team, as a unit, everything, you best do it now.”Once again, I believe this is best for Jamie.” We’re simply in a separate location while he goes someplace and does what he does.”
After being released by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday afternoon,
veteran Jamie Collins is now free to explore the waters of free agency.
Collins’ effort level was likened to teammate Alex Anzalone after Monday Night Football’s defeat to the Green Bay Packers, indicating to many that the veteran’s time in Detroit was likely coming to an end.
“Does (Collins) put in the same amount of work and effort as Alex (Anzalone)? No, I don’t believe so,” Campbell said. “I believe Alex just performs at a high level all of the time. That’s him, and that’s how he operates.
Despite the fact that the club had bidders for Collins’ services, general manager Brad Holmes and another team were unable to reach an agreement.