The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday that Linebacker Jamie Collins has agreed to a four-year contract extension. The deal is worth $50 million with 26.5 million guaranteed. This deal makes Collins the fourth highest paid player in the NFL.
“We are going to be aggressive about acquiring talent, and when we had the opportunity to trade for Jamie back in October, it was done with the intent of him becoming a long-term part of our defense,” executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement released by the team. “Jamie has shown throughout his NFL career that he is a very talented player with a rare skill set that allows him to impact games in a number of ways. He’s a versatile, smart, competitive and physical football player who has experienced winning at the highest level.”
Coach Hue Jackson said in the statement that Collins is “an outstanding football player and a guy we think can be part of the foundation of a tremendous defense.”
Collins played eight games for the Browns after being traded by the Patriots and he had 69 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble.
“From the day I walked in the door, I felt welcomed by my new teammates and everyone in this organization. The past is the past as far as last season’s record, but today is a new day. I’m only looking forward,” Collins said in the statement.