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Patriots sign LBs Brandon King, Jamie Collins

By Alex Butler
Patriots sign LBs Brandon King, Jamie Collins
Special teams ace Brandon King won his second Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in February. File Photo by Will Newton/UPI | License Photo

May 17 (UPI) -- The New England Patriots have agreed to contracts with linebackers Brandon King and Jamie Collins.

New England announced the deal with Collins on Thursday. A source told NFL Network that the Super Bowl LIII champions agreed to a two-year extension with King on Friday.

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A source told NFL Network that Collins' deal is worth $1.05 million, with $250,000 guaranteed. The deal could move up to $5 million with incentives. A source told ESPN that King's extension adds $3.5 million to his contract. He is now signed through 2021.

Collins, 29, had 104 tackles, four sacks, four passes defensed, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumbler recovery in 16 games last season for the Cleveland Browns. The 2015 Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion first joined the Patriots as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker was traded to the Browns in 2016. The Browns cut Collins in March.

King, 25, has been a special teams standout since joining the Patriots in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defender had 12 tackles in 15 games last season. King has made 57 appearances for the Patriots during his four-year NFL tenure. He has also been a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

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The Patriots also announced the release of defensive lineman Frank Herron on Thursday.

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