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Monday, 31 October 2016 18:34

New England Patriots Out to Prove Doubters Wrong After Trading Jamie Collins to Cleveland Browns

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New England Patriots Out to Prove Doubters Wrong After Trading Jamie Collins to Cleveland Browns Tom DiPace - Associated Press

As the trade deadline nears, the Patriots make a shocking trade involving a fan favorite. 

In a shocking trade early Monday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded star linebacker, Jamie Collins, to the Cleveland Browns for a compensatory 3rd round pick.

Much speculation has been made as to why Collins was traded. One reason seems to be the contract that Collins was requesting. According to the NFL’s, Ian Rapoport, Collins wanted Von Miller type money which was a contract for 6 years and 114.5 million dollars. Another claim came from Michael Lombardi, who is a former assistant coach for the Patriots, and said that Jamie Collins did not buy into the teams system and would do what he wanted at times rather than listening to the coaches.

What now for the Patriots?

The Patriots are not in bad shape at the linebacker position like some people may think. Dont’a Hightower is still in control of the defense, rookie Elandon Roberts is coming along and is a nice surprise, former first round picks Barkevious Mingo and Shea McClellin are backing them up, and Rob Ninkovich has played linebacker full time for the Patriots before taking on a role as a defensive end and other hybrid roles the past couple of seasons. Also, Jonathan Freeny is on injured reserve, so he will not help right now, but can stick around for a while.

So look for other Patriots to get the call in the coming games. Elandon Roberts will likely see his role increase and maybe we will see more from Barkevious Mingo. Seeing Rob Ninkovich used even more as a linebacker than he already has been is also a good possibility as well.

Elandon Roberts, who has only played 20% of the Patriots defensive snaps, has recorded 20 tackles. Collins on the other hand, has only 43 tackles on the year on a little over 80% of the snaps. So with 3 times less the play time, Roberts has put up some decent numbers. By no means is this bashing on Collins, but this shows that the Patriots will do alright despite losing arguably their best defensive player.

Rob Ninkovich, since coming back, has already led the defensive line in snaps the past few weeks and is doing multiple roles, whether it is jamming tight ends, covering, or going after the passer, he will likely see more time as a linebacker to help fill the void of Collins.

Dont'a Hightower seems to be the chosen one. He is likely going to get paid a lot of money and rightfully so. The past few games he has turned his play up to another level, earning his first defensive player of the week against the Cincinnati Bengals, and continues to impress us all. 

So overall, the trade was one that stunned us here in New England. After the trade of Chandler Jones, many of us felt that Collins and Hightower were going to get paid and hopefully Malcolm Butler would find a way to stick around, but in the end, Collins was still traded. Despite the loss of such a talent, the Patriots will continue to do what they do best, prove people wrong and win games. 

Charles Russek

Charles Russek is a member of the CLNS Radio New England Patriots beat team.  Currently serving as the staff writer for the Patriots Beat Podcast, Charles provides coverage of one of the most foreknown podcasts covering the four-time Super Bowl Champions.  You can also hear Charles on the CLNS Radio New England Patriots Post Game Show which goes live after every single Pats game available on CLNSRadio.com and iTunes and Stitcher.  He is studying Criminal Justice at Plymouth State University.
 
Follow Charles on Twitter: @chuck_wagonn

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