The Detroit Lions are not happy with the contributions of veteran linebacker Jamie Collins, which is why the team is looking to trade him. This was confirmed to reporters by the Lions head coach Dan Campbell, who added that the player would stay away from the team until the process is completed.
“We’ve got suitors right now. So certainly we’re hoping to have this done sooner than later, but we’re not necessarily putting a timetable on it either,” Campbell said on Thursday.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise considering that Collins started both games in 2021 and contributed with seven tackles, including one for loss, one QB hit, and a fumble recovery. But this obviously wasn’t enough for Campbell to overlook his struggles with pass coverage and strange fit into the new defensive scheme.
With Collins away from the team, the Lions will most likely turn to rookie Derrick Barnes as a starter on the linebacker position. Barnes, who was selected in the fourth round out of Purdue, had most of his snaps on special teams throughout the first two weeks. Veteran Jalen Reeves-Maybin is also expected to get an extended look and more playing time.
Jamie Collins arrived in Detroit in 2020 on a three-year, $30 million deal. He previously played five seasons with the New England Patriots on two separate occasions and also had a three-year stint with the Cleveland Browns. Collins won a Super Bowl ring with the Pats in 2014 and has made the Pro Bowl once in his career.