The Browns have re-signed linebacker Jamie Collins to a four year/$50 Million ($26.5 Million guaranteed) contract. With that contract, Collins becomes the highest paid linebacker in the NFL surpassing Carolina's Luke Kuechly.
Collins was brought over to the Browns in a mid-season trade with the New England Patriots. And he showed immediately that he was one of the best players in the league.
In eight games with the Browns, Collins started in all eight and played every snap in six of them. He recorded 69 tackles in those eight games, which was third on the team. In his seven games with New England, Collins recorded 43 tackles and two interceptions.
The Browns wanted to lockup Collins from the start of the off-season. And because they did, the Browns are now able to use the Franchise Tag on another player...potentially wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. The Browns have set themselves up to have a big off-season and step one in the process just completed.