Browns release LB Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins has been released by the Cleveland Browns after two-and-a-half years with the team.

The Browns announced on Wednesday they had released the linebacker, following reports they had been shopping him around but failed to garner enough interest when it came to trade offers.

"We want to thank Jamie for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns," general manager John Dorsey said. 

"These types of decisions are never easy. Jamie is a respected veteran player in this league and we wish him the best as he continues his career."

The Browns owed Collins more than $10million this season and $12.5m next season. 

By cutting him, though, the Browns will incur only $2.5m dead salary cap money.

The 29-year-old was traded to the Browns from the New England Patriots in the middle of the 2016 season. He signed a four-year, $50m extension soon after that.

Last season, Collins recorded 104 tackles, four sacks and one interception while starting all 16 games for the 7-8-1 Browns.

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