Patriots re-sign Green-Ellis

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Patriots re-sign Green-Ellis

The Patriots have re-signed restricted free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He started in 11 games last season and played in all of them, finishing with 1,008 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

In addition to signing Green-Ellis, the Patriots signed unrestricted free agent Chris Morris, veteran free agent Jonathan Compas, and undrafted free agent Richard Medlin.

Morris, 27, is a 64, 305 lb center who spent 2010 with the Carolina Panthers. He has started 11 of the 51 games in which he has appeared.

Compas, a 25-year-old offensive lineman, was released in September of last season after playing in two games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Medlin, 24, is a running back who played in ten games as a senior at Fayetteville State University in 2010. He rushed for 772 yards and five touchdowns.

The terms of the contracts have not been announced.

The Patriots also released running back Thomas Clayton and rookie free agent offensive lineman Mike Berry.

Collins gets his pay day as Patriots prepare for Super Bowl

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Collins gets his pay day as Patriots prepare for Super Bowl

NFL Siberia can’t be all that bad. The Cleveland Browns have signed Jamie Collins to an extension that keeps him off the free agent market.

The former Patriot, stunningly shipped out of town on Halloween, has agreed to a reported four-year, $50 million deal with $26M in guaranteed money.

As eyebrow-raising as the move was at the time, this is an all’s well that ends well story.

Collins, a reluctant Patriot once it came clear the team wouldn’t to aim a confetti cannon of money at him, gets the desired big-dough deal. He didn’t drape himself in glory with his level of play this year in New England, but his agitation over making $900K this year was understandable.

The Patriots -- who made the deal not knowing exactly how it would work out with Collins’ fleet of replacements (primarily rookie Elandon Roberts and, October acquisition Kyle Van Noy) -- have played better defense since Collins has been gone and are headed to the Super Bowl.

Would they have been better if Collins stayed? The answer to that is a question: Which version of Collins, the irked one or the motivated one?

Collins did nothing to veil his desire for a huge contract, saying at the end of the season he’d stay with the hapless Browns if the money was right. Now that he’s decided the money was right, what kind of Collins will the Browns get? With $26M guaranteed, the Browns have tethered themselves to the 27-year-old Collins for a chunk of his prime. The shorter term is ideal for Collins because -- if he performs to his capability -- he’ll be able to see another lucrative deal before he’s too aged.

The deal will certainly be noticed by Collins’ former teammates, primarily Donta Hightower who will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The Patriots could franchise Hightower (last year’s tag number was more than $14M) but that’s not going to be ideal for either side. Hightower will want to get the windfall of guaranteed money that comes with a long-term deal and the Patriots may be reluctant to pay that much to a player that’s got an injury history and plays one of the game’s most violent positions.

A lot’s going to happen between now and the time the Patriots have to make their decision. A good deal of it will happen in the next 12 days. If Hightower stealthily saves the Super Bowl as he did in 2014 with his first-down tackle on Marshawn Lynch … how do you put a price on that?