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Ex-NFL scout says: Lions’ linebacker Jamie Collins has been stealing a paycheck | No team should trade for him

I gave Jamie Collins an “F” for a grade, and the Lions’ organization is just now (a year later) figuring out they need to get rid of him

Back in 2017 when I went for the Browns’ general manager (GM) job, I evaluated their roster and I could not believe how bad of a linebacker (LB) Jamie Collins was. 

I called Collins in my Browns team scouting report, “a liability on the field.”

That was four years ago. 

Few things in scouting tick me off more than players who have ability, but they quit on their team. 

Now as a writer also for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions for the past two seasons, I have continued to watch Collins back hand his paycheck. 

In a October 2020 article, I gave Collins an “F” for a grade, and the Lions’ organization is just now (a year later) figuring out they need to get rid of him after his latest embarrassing play on the field?

Check out these two plays of Collins on two Green Bay touchdowns. Watch #8: 

No wonder it comes out this week head coach Dan Campbell wants to trade Collins. I cannot believe the team ever carried him on the roster this season to begin with. 

This is nothing new for Collins – – I could go back on NFL Game Pass and find a lot of other plays illustrating Collins playing give-up football. 

The guy is sluggish, lazy and he plays only when he wants to (which is not too often). 

I could have saved Mrs. Ford-Hamp a lot of money for a player who’s actions on the field say he does not want to win. 

The Lions gave Collins a $7 million dollar signing bonus and $18 million in guaranteed money.

It is hard enough to win in the National Football League, without having to play with less than 11 men on the field. 

No team should trade for Collins. He is a disgrace to the game. Go back and look at just those two plays for Packers touchdowns I included in this article. Do you want that on your team? The refs should have thrown a flag for the Packers having too many men on the field, because Collins looked more like he was playing for the Packers than he was for the Lions out there on the field. 

I have watched Collins steal a paycheck for two different teams now. I think it is time we send him into retirement.

Clearly he does not give a damn about winning. 

As far as the new regime at the Lions who “say” they want to build a different culture?

That starts by getting rid of Jamie Collins. 

I mean by cutting him, which is the first thing I would have done had I gotten the Lions’ GM job. 

I do not want to hear about the cap either. It is costing the team more to even have Collins in the building than it would to send him packing. 

Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK. 

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