"It's always tough to hear news like that with a teammate that I've played with and been in so many battles with. Jamie is a great player for our team and I'm sure he'll be a great player for the Cleveland Browns," Brady said Monday on Westwood One Radio via ESPN.
"I'm always sad when we lose a player that I like and someone that I respect like Jamie. It's a tough day, but it's part of the NFL, this business. Coach Belichick makes these decisions and we as players still have to go out and do our job. That's enough of a challenge as it is. We're in a bye week now, we're at 7-1 so we're in a decent place, and we have our whole season ahead of us."
Collins was selected as a second-team All-Pro and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015 after an outstanding year where he recorded 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and an interception in 12 games. The 27-year-old was a vital component of the team's Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
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