Detroit Lions sign former Patriots LB Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins, Lions
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The Detroit Lions have not been very active so far in NFL free agency, but late on the first day of the negotiating window they have made a move. That move is the signing of former New England Patriots’ linebacker Jamie Collins.

According to a report form Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Lions have agreed to terms with Collins to beef up their defense.

The Lions are going to have a focus on improving their defense this offseason. Collins may not be an elite star, but he is a very solid addition for the Lions.

Last season with the Patriots, Collins was a big part of their defensive resurgence. He was a top-notch leader and ended up recording 81 total tackles to go along with seven sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, one defensive touchdown, and seven defended passes.

Those numbers are going to look very good on the Detroit defense. Fans should be very excited about this addition. The Lions got a lot better with this move.

While Collins is 30 years old, he still has a few years left in his prime. He is going to come in and be the start of the defensive turnaround that the Lions have been desperately needing.

Matt Patricia is a defense first head coach and Collins will fit the mold that he wants. He will bring toughness, a great work ethic, and production. Those are the factors that the Lions needed to find in free agency.

Expect to see the Lions continue looking to make more moves. Collins is a good start, but Detroit needs more if they want to get back into postseason contention.