FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have signed free agent LB Jamie Collins. Terms of the contract were not announced. In addition, the Patriots have released DL Frank Herron.
Collins, 29, originally entered the NFL as second-round draft pick (52nd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots out of Southern Mississippi. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder played for the Patriots for four-plus seasons before being traded to the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 31, 2016. Collins was released by the Browns on March 6, 2019.Overall, Collins has played in 80 NFL regular-season games with 71 starts and totaled 489 tackles, 17 1/2 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown), seven interceptions and 23 passes defensed. He has made seven postseason starts and posted 50 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and five passes defensed.Last season, Collins started all 16 games for the Browns and posted 104 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass defensed.Herron, 24, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with New England out of Louisiana State on May 11, 2018. The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder, was released by the Patriots prior to start of last season and signed by Seattle to the practice squad on Sept. 3. Herron was released by Seattle from the practice squad on Sept. 11 and joined the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 8, where he remained for the duration of the 2018 season.