Lions sign former Patriots linebacker Ja

  • ' second stint with the will end after just one season. Following a return to Foxborough last offseason to join the club that originally drafted him in 2013, Collins has now inked a deal to join the , according to . It's a three-year, $30 million contract that includes $18 million fully guaranteed.Collins, 30, is now reunited with Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who was his defensive coordinator during his first stint with the Patriots from 2013-16. Over that stretch, Collins evolved into one of the more versatile linebackers in the . From 2014-15, Collins totaled 204 tackles, 9.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and three interceptions for the Patricia-led defense. That 2014 season also featured Patricia and Collins being a part of New England's XLIX championship team. To simply put it, they have history, so it's no surprise that they came back together in free agency. After a so-so tenure with the from 2016-18, Collins returned to New England on a one-year deal and enjoyed a strong campaign. In 16 regular season games (15 starts), Collins totaled a career-high seven sacks to go along with 81 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. This signing does come off the linebacker to the . It's noteworthy to point out this signing because it also comes at the hands of a former Bill Belichick disciple in Brian Flores. While both Van Noy and Collins are almost house-hold names throughout the league, their departures do represent how much more difficult it is becoming for the likes of Belichick to keep some of his best talent in-house now that more of his former a sistants are out there making bids.