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Dan Campbell Confirms Lions Are Pursuing Notable Trade

Detroit Lions Training Camp

ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN - JULY 28: Detroit Lions head football coach Dan Campbell speaks with the media before the Detroit Lions Training Camp on July 28, 2021 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported the Detroit Lions are "exploring trade options" for veteran linebacker Jamie Collins. Moments ago, Lions head coach Dan Campbell was asked about that report.

Campbell actually confirmed Rapoport's report on Thursday morning, telling reporters that Collins is not in the building because the Lions are exploring the trade market for him.

Even though Collins' days with the Lions appear to be numbered, Campbell said the veteran linebacker's attitude has been great.

The reason Detroit is willing to part ways with Collins this season is because they want to free up playing time for the younger linebackers on its roster, such as Alex Anzalone, Derrick Barnes, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Anthony Pittman.

Collins signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Lions during the 2020 offseason. In his first season with the team, he had 101 total tackles, six passes defended, three forced fumbles and a sack.

Any team trading for Collins would owe him $3.378 million for the rest of 2021. If that price tag scares off potential suitors, Detroit could pay Collins a signing bonus and drop his base salary.

Through the first two games of this season, Collins has 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. He might not be considered a Pro Bowl linebacker at this stage in his career, but he could still play an important role on a playoff contender.