Another former Brown and teammate of Crowell finds himself on the market still. Former Pro Bowler Jamie Collins is in need of a new team after being cut by the Browns as a cap casualty.
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Just two years removed from becoming the highest paid linebacker in the NFL, Collins could be looking at a prove it deal worth anywhere from $5-7 million annually. It would take a bit of work to get to that number for the Bucs, but if the team were to move on from tight end Cameron Brate or defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, they would instantly have the space to work with.
It is hard to tell how much of Collins’ dip in production was effort and how much was scheme, as many players, especially along the defensive line and second level saw their production take a hit when Gregg Williams took over as defensive coordinator in Cleveland.
Still on the right side of 30, Collins is out to prove that he can elevate to the level of play that put him in the Pro Bowl. Tampa Bay, if they can squeeze out enough space to make it work, should give the versatile linebacker a look.