As we hear many experts and non-experts’ opinions on how and why New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided to pull the plug on linebacker Jamie Collins and ship him to Cleveland for virtually nothing (a 2017 3rd-round compensatory pick that could turn into a 4th-rounder), one opinion put forward by Mike Lombardi was that Collins was freelancing too much.
“I wouldn’t say freelancing was an issue,” linebackers coach Brian Flores said, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
“Jamie was a very good player for us. He made a lot of plays. He helped us win a lot of ballgames. I keep saying that time and time again. He was a good player. Freelancing, I mean, did he make mistakes? Absolutely. But again, everyone makes mistakes. There’s not a player in the league who doesn’t make mistakes. But again, he made more plays than he made mistakes. I would say that. He was a great player for us.”
Collins, playing in the final year of his contract, was reportedly seeking “Von Miller money,” a request the frugal Patriots would scoff at.