Ben Watson might not be the only former New England Patriot returning to Foxboro this spring.
The Patriots are in talks with Jamie Collins about potentially bringing the free agent linebacker back to New England, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.
In fact, a Patriots-Collins reunion is “likely,” per Rapoport.
While the #Jets are subtracting, the #Patriots are adding: New England is in talks with free agent LB Jamie Collins that would bring the former 2nd round pick back to the team that made him a star. They traded him in 2016, likely bring him back in 2019.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 15, 2019
The Patriots drafted Collins in the second round (52nd overall) in 2013. He started all but one game for 2014 Patriots squad that won Super Bowl XLIX, then went on to earn Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors in 2015.
Midway through the 2016 season, however, the Patriots traded Collins to the Cleveland Browns, netting just a conditional third-round draft pick in return. After the trade, reports surfaced of Collins “freelancing” and refusing to play within the Patriots’ defensive structure, prompting the team to ship him out.