Source: Free-agent LB Collins returns to Patriots

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The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Jamie Collins, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

This is a reunion for the Patriots and Collins, as the club had selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft. The agreement was first reported by the Boston Globe.

The team is well stocked at its off-the-line linebacker position, where Collins plays, so there is no guarantee his homecoming results in a roster spot.

Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are starters for the Patriots, while 2018 fifth-round pick Ja’Whaun Bentley flashed promise early last year before landing on injured reserve in Week 3. Also, four-year veteran Elandon Roberts returns, with 2018 sixth-round pick Christian Sam among those who will be vying for a roster spot.

Hightower referenced Collins’ return on social media Wednesday, posting “He’s back……[email protected]_collins91 #SmashBros back!”

Collins, who led the Browns with 104 tackles last season, was released by Cleveland on March 6. He had been due to earn $10 million in salary in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.

While Collins’ play was solid, it was never spectacular. In 30 starts in Cleveland, he had 7 sacks and 4

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