The NFL doesn’t do trades often, but when they do, they usually involve the New England Patriots, at least that is what it seems like.
Blockbuster deal: Patriots traded LB Jamie Collins to Cleveland for a compensatory third-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2016
Jamie Collins, the Pro Bowl linebacker for the New England Patriots, and one of the reasons many speculated the Arizona Cardinals were able to pry Chandler Jones away for a second round pick, has been traded to the Cleveland Browns for a compensatory third round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
This is the first year that compensatory picks are allowed to be traded between teams, so it should come as no shock that the Patriots are one of the first, if not the first, to get extra picks in the compensatory round.
The interesting aspect is, the Patriots likely would have received a third round compensatory pick in the draft for Collins anyways, and the Patriots look like the best team in the NFL, so the move is an… interesting one.
If Collins was available, you wonder if it was widely known, or if this was something that happened quickly.
Anyway you slice it, the NFL is always more interesting when the Patriots are making everyone question what the hell they are doing.