After two uneventful seasons in Jacksonville, Collins (6-2, 296) signed with the Bears last offseason. The 25-year-old played nine games in 2012, serving as the primary backup to starting nose tackle Stephen Paea. Collins finished the campaign with 11 tackles and no sacks.
With just three years in the NFL under his belt, Collins was a restricted free agent heading into the offseason. The Bears chose not to offer him the lowest level RFA tender of $1.32 million and let him test the market for three days. Collins chose to return to Chicago for the veteran minimum, $715,000, which saves the team more than $600,000 this year.
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