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Collins is all in with the Patriots while Herron flies away

Acquired through free agency, Collins returns to the team that drafted him after spending the past few years in Cleveland.
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Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins stretches before a game between the Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Cleveland.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jamie Collins is returning to the New England Patriots.

The Patriots signed the free-agent linebacker Thursday. They also announced the release of defensive lineman Frank Herron.

The 29-year-old Collins was a second-round draft pick by New England in 2013. He became a pivotal part of the Patriots' defense, appearing in 50 games over four seasons before being traded to the Browns in 2016. He was released by Cleveland in March.

Collins started 16 games for the Browns last season, compiling 104 tackles and four sacks.

Herron was signed by New England as a rookie free agent in 2018 and was released prior to the start of the regular season. He also spent time on the Seahawks' practice squad.

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Frank Herron smiles for his team photo with the New England Patriots after being signed as a rookie free agent in 2018.