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Analysis: Wondering what Jamie Collins brings (back) to the Patriots

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A Jamie Collins reunion with the Patriots? Further proof you should never say never.

The linebacker was dealt away at the 2016 trade deadline, unceremoniously shipped to Cleveland. There were whispers the hyper-athletic defender was freelancing too much, going off-script and drawing the ire of the coaching staff as a result. As a result, he went from a team that ended up winning a Super Bowl to one that finished 1-15.

(UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: Per a league source, Collins has agreed to a deal with the Patriots.)

Now, after two-plus years with the Browns, Collins — a free agent — is ready for a return to Foxborough. What would Jamie Collins 2.0 look like with the Patriots?