BEREA, Ohio--Who said the Browns wouldn't be active before the trade deadline?
Rumors have surfaced the Browns were looking to possibly move Joe Haden or Josh Gordon, but the first move they've made isn't to be a seller--but a buyer. The Browns are not letting their winless record stop them from trying to upgrade their team. The NFL's trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 pm.
The Browns announced they have acquired linebacker Jamie Collins from New England via trade in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our roster by acquiring talent and the trade deadline sometimes grants you that opportunity,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown said. “Jamie Collins is a talented-tough-young-playmaker that our coaches and personnel staff think can be a great fit for our defense. We feel really good about being able to add him to our team and look forward to getting him into our building and having him work with our coaches.”
Hue Jackson is pleased to add Collins to the roster.
"Jamie Collins is a really good football player and we're excited to be able to add a player like him to our team,”Jackson said. “He’s played at an extremely high level with toughness and playmaking ability for his entire career. We look forward to him being an important piece of our defense. The plan is for him to come in and learn our system quickly so he can make an immediate impact.”
Collins (6-3, 250) is in his fourth NFL season out of Southern Mississippi. Originally selected by New England in the second round of the 2013 draft, he has appeared in 50 games with 41 starts. He has totaled 285 career tackles, 10.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown and one blocked extra point.
"He's a tremendous pass rusher," Jackson said. "There's several things he can do. He has a real versatile skill set as he's done both at New England. We'll definitely find ways to plug him in and have him be a contributor to our defense."
Jackson said he expects Collins to play Sunday against the Cowboys.
In 2015, he earned his first career Pro Bowl selection and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro second team. He led New England in tackles and played every defensive snap during the team’s win in Super Bowl XLIX. He led the Patriots in tackles in 2014 and 2015. This season, Collins has opened six of his seven games and logged 43 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble.
Collins is in the final year of his rookie contract that pays him $917,865 in 2016 and he then becomes a free agent after this season. Collins is believed to have been asking for money similar to the Broncos' Von Miller and the Patriots elected to move him. They traded Chandler Jones to the Cardinals this past off-season in similar circumstances.
Jackson said he hopes the move for Collins is long-term.
"We would love to keep him," Jackson said. "Obviously, it would have to be mutual. Hopefully, we can move in that direction. We want to get him here and get to know us, us get to know him. We know what he is, what he brings to the table and don't think we would have done this if we didn't think there was an opportunity (to re-sign him)."
McCown 'Jeckyll and Hyde' per PFF: Pro Football Focus said that QB Josh McCown had a mixed game against the Jets.
"Josh McCown's (43.4) return to action, the veteran had a Jeckyll and Hyde game as he lead the Browns to a 20-7 half time lead. In the end, he couldn't muster the same magic in the 2nd half as he struggled with basic accuracy in the short game completing just 12 of 25 for 162 yards 1 TD and 1 INT between 0-9 yards. Under pressure, McCown was even worse with a passer rating of 42.4 completing just 5 of 18 for 86 yards 1 TD and 1 INT. His WRs didn't help as they had 6 total drops, 4 when McCown was under pressure."
McCown took total blame for the loss after the game, but the fact of the matter is the defense allowed three-straight long touchdown drives to open the second half, allowing a 20-7 lead to turn into a 28-20 deficit. The Browns eventually lost, 31-28.
On the season, McCown is 45-of-82 for 601 yards (54.9 pct.) with four touchdowns and four interceptions and a rating of 74.3.
Concussion News: Rookie DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun was taken out of the game in the first quarter to be checked for a concussion. Jackson said that Boddy-Calhoun did not suffer a concussion. However, LB Tank Carder did suffer a concussion and is in the NFL concussion protocol.