28 September (WNN) — After failing to locate a business partner, the Detroit Lions released veteran linebacker Jamie Collins.
Lion roster move announced On Tuesday, less than a week after head coach Dan Campbell said the team was exploring trading options for the linebacker.
Collins, a nine-year NFL veteran, stopped reporting to practice before Week 3 as the Lions looked for suitors. Campbell said last week that he met with Collins to explain his plans for the deal, but the franchise ultimately could not reach an agreement with another team.
“We’ve gone through two games now and you make your assessment and your decision after two games and that’s where we are,” Campbell said of Collins on Thursday. “There again, we realized it was, if you’re going to grow and you’re going to try to get better as a team, as a unit, everything, you better do it now.
“I think it’s best for Jamie too. He gets a chance to go somewhere and do what he does and we’re in a different place.”
The 31-year-old Collins can sign with any team immediately. He’s earning a fully guaranteed $8.8 million from the Lions this season.
Collins, a one-time Pro Bowl selection, recorded a total of 10 tackles and one fumble recovery in two games for the Lions this season.