NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week that the Detroit Lions are “exploring trade options” for veteran linebacker Jamie Collins. Dan Campbell, the Lions’ head coach, was just asked about the report. On Thursday morning, Campbell confirmed Rapoport’s report, telling reporters that Collins is not in the building because the Lions are looking for a trade partner for him. Despite the fact that Collins’ days with the Lions appear to be numbered, Campbell said the veteran linebacker has maintained a positive attitude.
The reason Detroit is willing to let Collins go this season is to give more playing time to the team’s younger linebackers, such as Alex Anzalone, Derrick Barnes, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Anthony Pittman.
Dan Campbell confirms Jamie Collins is not in the building and the Lions are exploring a change. Says his attitude has been great, but the Lions want to reduce his role.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) September 23, 2021
Collins signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Lions in the offseason of 2020. He had 101 total tackles, six passes defended, three forced fumbles, and a sack in his first season with the team.
Any team that acquires Collins owes him $3. For the rest of 2021, the budget is set at $378 million. If that price tag deters potential suitors, the Lions may offer Collins a signing bonus and reduce his base salary. Collins has 10 tackles and a fumble recovery through the first two games of the season. At this point in his career, he may not be considered a Pro Bowl linebacker, but he could still play a key role for a playoff contender. 004