Browns ink Collins to four-year deal

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While several former Browns players will be featuring in the Super Bowl, Cleveland have locked up former New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins to a rich new contract.

The Browns announced on Monday they signed the Pro Bowl linebacker to a four-year contract.

The deal is worth $50million, with $26m guaranteed, according to NFL Media. 

"It's no secret how I feel about Jamie Collins," Browns coach Hue Jackson said. "He's an outstanding football player and a guy we think can be part of the foundation of a tremendous defense. I was excited when we were able to trade for him last season, and now, I'm even more excited knowing that he is going to part of our future. We all know we have a lot of work to do to get our team where we feel it needs to be. Jamie wants to be a part of that. He wants to help build this team for success.

"He was outstanding in our locker room last year because he's seen what success in the NFL looks like and our players respect the way he carries himself. We are all looking forward to him being a part of the success we plan to earn through our hard work and preparation."

Collins' new deal makes him the fourth-highest paid linebacker in the NFL, behind only Denver's Von Miller, Kansas City's Justin Houston and Green Bay's Clay Matthews.

"I want to thank the Cleveland Browns organisation for giving me this opportunity," Collins said. "From the day I walked in the door, I felt welcomed by my new team-mates and everyone in this organisation. The past is the past as far as last season's record, but today is a new day. I'm only looking forward. I know we have a lot of work to do, and with coach Hue leading us and the front office bringing in talent, I feel like we are going to get there and I feel good about continuing my career here."

Collins was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2013 and spent over three years in New England.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015, but was traded to Cleveland. He finished the 2016 season with 112 tackles and three sacks, with 69 tackles and two sacks coming in his final eight games with the Browns.