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New England Patriots sign Jamie Collins

The New England Patriots have now signed four of their seven draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, as the team announced today that the Patriots signed former Southern Mississippi star pass rusher Jamie Collins. The Patriots highest pick in the draft, Collins has the versatility to play as a defensive end or outside linebacker in the Patriots scheme, and Bill Belichick stated on the first day of rookie minicamps that the Patriots will start Collins out as a linebacker.

Reports yesterday stated that the Patriots signed Steve Beauharnais to a four-year deal, and the Patriots have also announced his rookie deal today. Although they did not disclose Beauharnais’s terms, he is reportedly getting four years. As for Collins, we don’t know the terms of his deal, as the Patriots did not disclose that information.

Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, and Beauharnais were the first three players to be signed by the Patriots, so the Rutgers connection also yielded quick deals. Question for you guys, is it true that all three Rutgers picks are represented by the same agency?

Anyway, it is great to hear that the Patriots have quickly knocked out four rookie deals, especially the announced deal with Collins, who is their highest draft pick. All of them were expected to be signed to deals quickly, and it will be interesting to see if Collins also received the usual four years from the Patriots.

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