Virginia State Police arrested Jaguars defensive tackle Nate Collins last week on marijuana charges. Collins was charged in Warrenton, Va., with marijuana possession and a window tint violation on Thursday after being caught with a small amount of the drug during a traffic stop, police said. Collins, who has not been arrested before, is scheduled to appear in court on April 19. Police said a state trooper stopped Collins going north on US 29 for the window tint violation and noticed the scent of marijuana. The trooper found marijuana joints in a duffel bag in the trunk of his car. Collins was not taken into custody, but released on a promise to appear. “We are aware of the incident involving Nate Collins and continue to gather information,” the Jaguars said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time.” Collins’ agent did not return a phone call requesting comment.
The Jaguars acquired the former University of Virginia player off the Giants practice squad in 2010. He spent the first nine weeks with the Giants before the Jaguars signed him. Last season Collins played in 12 games and had 15 tackles. He had half a sack and a fumble recovery, which he returned for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With that score, Collins became just the second defensive lineman in Jaguars history to score a touchdown. Collins is scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent when free agency opens on March 13. That means if the Jaguars offer him a tender, he has to sign it. His arrest marks the first time since 2009 a player on the Jaguars roster has been arrested. Three players — safety Gerald Sensabaugh, and wide receivers Reggie Williams and Matt Jones — were arrested during the offseason in 2009 and were off the team shortly thereafter.
via : The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville
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