One of the biggest free agents on the open market has been snatched up, as former New York Giants safety Landon Collins has agreed to a 6-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins as first reported by ESPN’s Josina Anderson and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, electing to stay within the NFC East.
Landon Collins just told me he will go to the #Skins.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 11, 2019
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
Earlier in the offseason, the Giants refused to apply their franchise tag, worth $11 million, to Collins and failed to agree on a long term deal, allowing the star safety to become a free agent. Collins, a 3 time Pro Bowler and 1 time first team All-Pro, has been an instant impact player as a strong safety in the league, tallying 428 total tackles in just 4 seasons while also adding 8 interceptions.
No safety has recorded more defensive stops since 2015 than Landon Collins. https://t.co/6v8YDLv3e4
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 11, 2019
Collins previously announced his desire to get a long term contract secured, and the Redskins were more than happy to oblige, shelling out a deal worth $14 million a year with $45 million guaranteed. With the addition of Collins, the Redskins add sorely needed elite talent to their defensive back group currently held down by another big money defensive back in Josh Norman and a motley crew of no-name players.