The Washington Redskins reset the safety market yesterday by reportedly signing free agent Landon Collins to a new six-year deal that will become official once the NFL free agency signing period begins on Wednesday. The deal will pay Collins $84 million, making him the league’s highest-paid safety.
Landon Collins has always idolized the late Sean Taylor. That’s why he wears the number 21 currently and donned the number 26 at Alabama. Signing with Taylor’s former team, the Washington Redskins, once NFL free agency begins should be a dream come true for the 3-time pro-bowler.
Josina Anderson first reported that Collins has agreed to a six-year $84 million contract with the Redksins. Mike Garafolo provided additional details about the contract Collins will sign once free agency officially begins.
On S Landon Collins’ $84m deal with the #Redskins, there’s a $15m signing bonus in 2019 and a $6m option bonus in 2020. In all, $32m fully guaranteed over the first two years. He has $12.5m in 2021 that’s guaranteed for injury only.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2019
What are the Redskins getting?
According to Pro Football Focus, Collins played in the box 54% of the time he was on the field in 2018. The hard-hitting safety played on 318 running plays and logged 23 stops (7.2%), which was second among safeties. Collins only trailed New York Jets pro-bowler Jamaal Adams, who had 28.
The Giants selected Collins with the 33rd pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He rewarded them with 428 tackles in four years, which led all safeties over that span. The Giants ranked 32nd, 10th, 31st, and 24th in yards allowed over the last four years. The Giants decided not to use their franchise tag on Collins this year, which some view as a mistake, allowing him to become a free agent.
Washington came into the offseason with only $5.2 million available in cap space. After signing Collins and trading a 6th round pick for QB Case Keenum, the team will be tight for cash. Washington will also need to clear cap space to sign their rookie class.
Washington unofficially retired the number 21 in honor of Sean Taylor. It’ll be interesting to see if Collins requests his idol’s number and if Washington will permit him to use it. Regardless, though, Redskins fans will just hope that Collins can bring the same playmaking ability and excitement to their defense that his idol once did.