This would be Collins’ third stint with the Patriots.
Collins, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2013. The Patriots traded him to the Browns for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 and he later agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract.
However, the Browns cut Colllins loose in 2019 and he returned to New England soon after. The Lions opted to sign Collins to a three-year, $30 million contract that included $18 million fully guaranteed last year.
Back in March, Collins agreed to a restructured contract that reduced his salary. The Lions opted to release him a few weeks ago after no trade surfaced.
In 2021, Collins has appeared in two games for the Lions and recorded 10 tackles, no sacks and a fumble recovery.
We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2021 Free Agents list.