In a report from NFL.com (Read Here), the New England Patriots came knocking on the Houston Texans door trying to trade them linebacker Jamie Collins before sending him to the Cleveland Browns. The reported offers saw the Patriots try to pry DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans after a slow start to the season but that was shot down in a hurry. The Texans also shot down an offer for cornerback Johnathan Joseph after the initial Hopkins offer that went no where.
Call it positional value but the Texans made the right choices on turning down the Patriots offer for Collins and the deal to the Browns went down in late October. At that time, the Texans were 5-3 heading into their bye week after coming off a strong win against the Detroit Lions.
The bigger issue was the Texans, if they did complete a trade for Collins, would have required a new deal. While Hopkins and Joseph are both under contract for reasonable deals heading into the 2017, Collins ended up with a 4-year, $50-milion extension with Browns who was entering his final season of his rookie deal.
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