The New England Patriots have had an eventful day after trading All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Carolina Panthers. Now, the team is bringing back a familiar face.
The team announced that they’ve agreed to terms on a deal with free-agent Jamie Colins, who is returning to the team for the third time.
Collins was released by the Detroit Lions on Sept. 28 after the team couldn’t find a trade partner for him.
He entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2013, was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and then returned to play for the club in 2019. Collins had signed a three-year deal with the Lions as a free agent in 2020.
Collins, 31, should be able to contribute quickly given his familiarity with the team’s system.