Landon Collins won’t be a New York Giant in 2019, but he won’t be going far. Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, Collins will sign with the Washington Redskins.
Landon Collins just told me he will go to the #Skins.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 11, 2019
The Giants balked at paying nearly $12 million for Collins on the franchise tag, but it appears Washington had little hesitation paying top of the market price for a “box” safety. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Collins’s deal with be worth a maximum of $84 million over six years.
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
Collins’ deal reportedly includes $45 million in guarantees.
By average annual value (not the best metric for a contract, but it’s usually the first we get), Eric Berry’s $13 million per year topped all safeties, but Collins is now at $14 million per year. This sets up a fairly high bar for the free agent safety market, which the Giants could be involved in to replace Collins. There were also reports that Tyrann Mathieu has received an offer worth $9.5 million per year to stay with the Houston Texans. The safety market does not look like last year’s.
Questions were raised about Collins’s ability in coverage and the Giants will now get to test that theory out twice a year.