Today was just another day. I was playing some friendly one on one with a buddy of mine earlier. Beautiful fall day, it's Halloween, I was (relatively) happy. Then I check my phone after dropping a heart breaker in hoops (I bounced back and dominated in the 2nd game...obviously) and I honestly couldn't believe what I read. "Jamie Collins traded to the Cleveland Browns for a 3rd round pick".
I re-read it like 20 times because I swore I wasn't see things correctly. I'm not a big reader so I figured I must've been reading it wrong, I mean there's no way the Patriots would move him, right? Like is there a second Jamie Collins on the Patriots that I don't know about? Nope, there was just one, #91 and I honestly do not understand this move at all.
I know as Patriot fans we have lived by the motto "In Bill we Trust" for nearly two decades. Bill has made tons of moves that make you scratch your head, but still somehow end up working out for the Pats (for the most part) but this one I for the life of me will never understand.
I know Collins is a free agent after the season and it turns out one of the main reasons he was traded is because he wanted "Von Miller" money. We've learned over the years that the Patriots aren't going to dedicate that kind of money to any single player regardless of their talents and I've accepted that. But here is the thing, 8 more games and the playoffs are way more valuable than a 3rd round compensatory pick from the Cleveland Browns. Fuck this building for the future bullshit, go for it NOW!!!! I know Brady has been playing great since he returned but it's only 4 games and he IS 39 years old. I love the man like a father but you never know what's going to happen in the future with him, keep your studs around him as long as possible. Get a ring this year.
Plus had the Patriots kept Jamie Collins and let him walk after this season they still would've gotten a compensatory draft pick for him. Just in 2018 instead of 2017. So it looks like 1 more year of someone who's still in college is more valuable than Jamie Collins for a Super Bowl run? I just don't get it. Plus how is Jamie Collins only netting a 3rd round pick? He hasn't been outstanding this year but he's still one of the best linebackers in the entire league and we can only get a 3rd round pick? The Patriots basically threw him away like leftovers.
Only rational reason I can think to make this move is to try to wake up guys in the lockeroom. Sure the Patriots are 7-1 but they still have their flaws, maybe Bill thought the guys were getting a little too comfortable or something? I don't know. I just fucking hate this trade. When the Patriots get upset at home in the AFC Championship game again in January let's look back on Halloween 2016.