Collins to Redskins for 6 years, $84M

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

Collins agreeing to a blockbuster, six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million guaranteed from the Redskins is the worst nightmare for Giants fans still up in arms that Dave Gettleman allowed him to walk out the Big Blue door.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal can not become official until free agency opens Wednesday.

The downside is that the team is spending $14 million a year on a safety.

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Saquon Barkley catches a checkdown from Eli Manning in the right flat ... and is leveled by Redskins box safety Landon Collins. He led the Giants with 96 tackles last season and his 437 since entering the National Football League in 2015 are the most among safeties in that time. The Redskins tried the whole trade for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix thing too, but he never got accustomed to his surroundings and is now a free agent. While the contract is a big one, which was tough to predict with the Redskins salary cap situation, Collins will bring plenty to the Redskins secondary at strong safety, while at the same time weakening a divisional rival as the Giants lose one of their better defenders.

Collins recorded at least 96 tackles in each of his four seasons, including a career-high 125 along wth 13 passes defended and four sacks during a breakout 2016 when he was named All-Pro.

Collins' situation is reminiscent of when the Carolina Panthers let cornerback Josh Norman go by rescinding the franchise tag after his All-Pro season in 2015. Releasing Norman would save the Redskins $8.5 million after three seasons with them.

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