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  • 27 Mar
    The New England Patriots have traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a draft pick.The trade is for a third-round compensatory pick if the Browns are awarded one, a source told ESPNs Pat McManamon. If the Browns dont get that pick from the league, the trade is for a fourth-round pick, the source said.In the end, we did what we thought was best for the football team. There are a lot of things to take into consideration. Im sure we could bring up a lot of points to talk about, but in the end, thats really the bottom line, Bill Belichick said on sports radio WEEI when asked about the trade.Collins four-year rookie contract will expire after the season, and he was at one point asking for what one league source described to ESPNs Adam Schefter as Von Miller money. The Denver Broncos gave Miller a six-year, $114.5 million deal in July, including $70 million guaranteed.For the Browns, the trade is designed to help a defense that has struggled to stop teams this season and is especially thin at outside linebacker. No team has scored fewer than 25 points on the Browns this season, and four of eight have scored more than 30 -- including the New York Jets, who defeated the Browns 31-28 on Sunday.The outside linebacker spot has been thin in Cleveland since Paul Kruger was released during the preseason and Nate Orchard went on injured reserve early in the season. The Browns are tied for 21st in the NFL with 14 sacks in eight games, and Collins could help there.There is risk involved for Cleveland. Collins can become a free agent after the season; the Browns will have to convince him its worth staying with a team that is currently winless. The Browns (0-8) would have the option of using the franchise tag on Collins.Wed love to keep him, obviously, Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters. Its got to be mutual and hopefully we can move in that direction. But I think its getting him here, having him get to know us, us getting to know him. We know what he is. We know what he brings to the table. I dont think we would have done this if we didnt think there was an opportunity to move forward with him.Collins played 48 of 78 defensive snaps against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, which was unusual because he has typically been an every-down player.The Patriots (7-1) took him off the field when the Bills used fullback Jerome Felton in run-based packages, perhaps indicating that New England no longer viewed Collins as a three-down linebacker.If the Browns are awarded a compensatory pick, it will be made at the end of the third round. The Browns would receive the pick based on an NFL formula evaluating the free agents the team signs and loses during the offseason.This is the second trade between the Patriots and Browns this season. In August, the Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a former first-round pick, to the Patriots for a 2017 fifth-round pick.Collins, 27, appeared in seven games for the Patriots this season and had 43 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He missed Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a hip injury and had been listed on the injury report the past two weeks before coming off it Friday.A fourth-year veteran, Collins made his first Pro Bowl last season.I think hes a tremendous pass-rusher, Jackson said. He can play linebacker. I think there are several things he can do. He has a real versatile skill set.Collins is the second high-profile defensive player the Patriots have traded this year. In March, New England dealt defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals. Like Collins, Jones will be a free agent after the season.Jones appeared to react to the trade of his former teammate with a tweet shortly after news of the deal was reported.Patriots safety Devin McCourty also seemed shocked by the move.?Jamies a huge piece of our defense, arguably our best defensive player, McCourty said during an appearance on Comcast SportsNet. So its going to be a lot of changes that come from this move, and as players, that has to be our focus -- how do we fix things and get things going in a positive direction.Obviously, in New England theres always a lot of changes, theres always guys coming in and out. But when you get a guy like Jamie who was here for four years on the team, very productive player, to lose him is a bit shocking, I think, to everybody on the team.Since Sept. 1, 2014, the Patriots have made 21 trades that involved a player either leaving or coming to New England, the most of any team in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information.ESPNs Mike Reiss and Pat McManamon contributed to this report. Wholesale Jerseys USA . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. 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Certainly my connection with Mike was something I never wanted to lose.The moment Hazen was hired, Lovullo became the odds-on favorite to get the managers job. But Hazen insisted their relationship was not the overriding factor in the hiring.This was a process, Hazen said, a strong process, where we had a lot of strong candidates with different backgrounds, different levels of coaching experience, managerial experience. But ultimately Torey was the one who came out on top.Hazen and Lovullo replace Dave Stewart and Chip Hale, who were fired after the team went 69-93 last season.Im not going to get blinded by the fact the team won 69 games, Lovullo. `Im more excited about the type of players we have, the culture that were going to try to set here in the clubhouse and dugout.The 51-year-old new manager said the team has a nucleus of great players.I am very optimistic that we have the capabilities of doing something very special, he said. As I told one player on the phone, I want to be able to have us all tell a great story at the end of the 2017 season.Lovullo noted that the 2016 Diamondbacks were at or above league average in just about every offensive category.Hee had much less to say about the pitching.dddddddddddd Arizona ranked last in the majors with a team ERA of 5.09.I havent done anything other than look at the numbers, Lovullo said.He called himself an active listener and planned to talk to more players soon.Im not sure what it was like here in the past, Lovullo said, but what theyre going to talk about and what theyre thinking about is going to matter to me.He brings an American League attitude to the NL West.Once I get a feel for our guys and our personnel, we will determine what type of team were going to be, Lovullo said. 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