All-Pro safety Landon Collins and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million in guarantees on Monday according to multiple reports.
That means the New York Giants, who declined to use a $11.15 franchise tag on Collins and allowed him to become a free agent, now will face him twice a year in their division. The Giants will receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection who is just 25, Collins can sign with the Redskins on Wednesday when the new league year begins.
At $14 million per season, the market for safeties — which includes former Seahawks All-Pro Earl Thomas — is officially reset with Collins’ deal.
And the Redskins might not be done tweaking their roster. They are trying to trade inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster to free salary cap space to make a run at Baltimore Ravens free agent C.J. Mosley, NFL Network reported. Combined, they will count $13 million against the cap in 2019 but could save $9.75 million by trading or releasing both players.
Collins ended last season on injured reserve because of torn labrum in his left shoulder. He still led the team with 96 tackles, despite missing the final four games.
Collins has led the Giants in tackles in each of his four seasons after being selected in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. Collins has 428 tackles and eight interceptions in 59 games, all starts.
With the Redskins, Collins will be among some very familiar faces, including Alabama products Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
–Field Level Media