Massive Free Agency Deal Has Former Giant Heading Down I-95
Safety Landon Collins has inked a 6-year $84 million deal with $45 million guaranteed over the first three years per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Sources: Former #Giants star S Landon Collins is signing a 6-year deal for a whopping $84M with the rival #Redskins. Hard to imagine a box safety with this kind of deal after last year’s slow safety market. This moves the market dramatically.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
Landon Collins was drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft by the New York Giants. Collins played college ball at Alabama with other stars on the current Redskins roster. Landon was a three time Pro-Bowler and a 2016 All-Pro.
The Redskins were heading into 2019 with a gaping hole at Safety. D.J. Swearinger’s unceremonious departure along with Montae Nicholson’s likely absence going into Week 1 after getting arrested created a new need that was not expected. The teams run defense also saw a boost from Collins as his aggressive, hard hitting play, is expected to have a immediate impact. There is concern that he is a liability against passing plays over the top, but there is assumptions that Manusky will avoid scheming so that Collins is left hanging.
Some are questioning the high price tag, but with the Indianapolis Colts looking to sign him there needed to be an aggressive. This is an approach we have not seen from Bruce the past few years. It is expected that the Redskins can get out of the contract without a hit to their cap if things do fall apart after year three.
Tweets have started to come out in reaction to this signing:
Love #Redskins getting #LandonCollins! Young, durable, very good vs. run & well-regarded in locker room. Expensive? Sure. And how exactly has #Skins' bargain approach to #NFLFreeAgency worked out? Problem with Dan in 2000s wasn't spending big; was spending on wrong players.
— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) March 11, 2019
On criticism that Collins is just an "in the box safety" and the money is too much. It IS a lot of $$ but #Redskins have very few what Bruce called "blue chip" players. Collins is "blue chip". Also, for a team that doesn't evaluate very well, 'Bama players are a comfort for them.
— Kevin Sheehan (@kevinsheehanDC) March 11, 2019
Well…. Danny found his wallet… https://t.co/5WoCcavoKy
— Steve Czaban (@czabe) March 11, 2019
We will now have to wait and see if HaHa Clinton-Dix is ultimately re-signed, but that seems unlikely at this point.
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