Jamie Collins Sr, LB, Cleveland Browns
Why not pile on the overpaid veteran defensive front seven players? The NFL is littered with them, and ultimately others could be on this final position such as Jaguars DT Malik Jackson, Chiefs OLB Justin Houston, or Dolphins DE Robert Quinn. But, ultimately, Collins makes the cut due to being the highest paid defensive Brown, and not performing up to it.
If cut, the Browns would save $9.25M in 2019, per Over The Cap. It’s a move that is expected to happen considering Collins play hasn’t been up to par with what he once was for the Patriots. However, he’s still a versatile linebacker that prides himself as a run stuffer and solid coverage player.
In 2018, Collins earned a 62.3 Pro Football Focus grade, good for 58th in the NFL. But the 30-year-old has the potential to thrive as an inside linebacker in the 3-4, a role that he was comfortable at various times with Patriots.
He’s not the Pro-Bowler that he once was, but like Sean Lee, he has the instincts and versatile game to be a standout linebacker late in his career. It also helps his case that he does not have the scary injury history that a lot of players in this list have.
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