Jamie Collins FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 18: Jamie Collins #91 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field before a preseason game with the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

As first reported by Adam Schefter, New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins has been traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a compensatory third round pick.

This is the first major move before the trade deadline in the NFL and surprisingly, the Browns were buyers and not sellers. Collins has had a strong enough season for the Patriots, though nothing out of this world with 31 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, and a sack.

Collins took a surprisingly low amount of snaps this past week, and someone more savvy may have known that something was up between him and the Patriots.

The Browns have a bunch of picks, and you can make trades like this when you’re loaded with draft choices. The Browns are startlingly young and could use a player like Collins to lead the team.

As for Collins, you have to feel for him, as he moved from one of the best teams in the league to one of the worst. It will be interesting to watch how he reacts to this deal and whether or not he will give his all to the team.

The Schefter tweet brands this deal as a blockbuster, though trading a player for a draft pick isn’t a blockbuster no matter how you slice it. A big player for player deal would be more up that alley. Those deals are happening less and less as the league is getting younger and younger. Giving up assets these days can be problematic.

In today’s NFL. they may brand this as a blockbuster. If that is the case, some of the insiders could be in trouble.

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