A major trade shook up the NFL landscape on Monday afternoon when the New England Patriots sent linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for either a third-round compensatory selection or a fourth-round draft pick, according to ESPN's Pat McManamon. With the trade, Collins goes from playing for the team with the best record in the NFL to the team with the worst.

A star linebacker moves

The reason behind the trade isn't immediately clear, but there are some underlying motivations. For starters, Collins is in the last year of his rookie deal, making him a free agent at the end of the season.

He was supposedly asking for money in the range of what linebacker Von Miller was paid this past offseason, which made Miller the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. The Patriots are generally an organization that throws around money cautiously.

There's also an underlying current of Collins being on the decline. He generally plays on every down, but on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, he only played 48 of 70 snaps. It's possible that the trade was already in place, and the Patriots were just trying to protect the asset before the deal was finalized.

Analysis for each team

For the Patriots, the team with the best record in football, the deal is slightly odd. Regardless of what Collins' production has been this season, he's always been one of the best defenders on the team.

The linebacker went to his first Pro Bowl just last year. That being said, he's the second major defender the Pats have traded in the past few months - they dealt Chandler Jones to Arizona in the offseason. The team has also built the pedigree of knowing they can easily fill gaps with lower level players.

The deal is very odd for the Browns. The team has no designs of contending this season, as they can't even muster a single win. If they can't retain Collins after the season (they are allowed to put the franchise tag on him), then they dealt away a needed draft pick to build for the future for a player who won't contribute to a winning campaign.

It reeks of famous Cleveland Browns mismanagement.

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