Well, we are part of the way through the first day of the NFL free agency negotiating window and we have learned a few things. Let’s discuss.
Landon Collins is getting everything he wanted
The former New York Giant got the richest safety contract ever on Tuesday, being gifted a six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million guaranteed by the Washington Redskins. That’s crazy money for a box safety with middling coverage skills, and tells you a lot about why the Giants weren’t willing to get into a bidding war for him. And, why Collins didn’t want the franchise tag.
When the Giants let Collins go, you had to know Washington would be a preferred destination. Collins has long idolized the late Sean Taylor, and now he gets to play the position Taylor once occupied for the Redskins.
As for the Giants, the Collins deal means the safety market has exploded. Free safety Adrian Amos is about to make a LOT of cash. The Giants may end up having to wait until the next phase of free agency, when the cost comes down, to add a veteran safety.
Odell Beckham rumors ... well, you know
They ... just ... won’t ... die!
You know the drill. I’m tired of writing about ‘em. You’re tired of reading about ‘em. Yet, here we are. We both know this won’t be the last time, so let’s all just try to get through it.
NFL teams are stupid
How do I know that? One of them (Cincinnati, I’m looking at you) just gave ex-Giants reject Bobby Hart a three-year, $21 million contract. Yes, the Bengals had roughly $47 million in cap space, but there have to be better ways than that to spend it. That’s like paying a new car price for a clunker with 250,000 miles that doesn’t run.
David Diehl has to figure he has one year left at $7 million, doesn’t he?
Collins got massively overpaid, too, but at least he’s a good player. Bobby Hart is, well, Bobby Hart. He gave up 10 sacks last year and Pro Football Focus had him ranked 55th among 61 qualifying tackles.
If I’m right tackle Daryl Williams and his agent, Joel Segal, I haven’t stopped laughing since I saw the numbers on the Hart deal. Williams, even coming off a torn ACL, is probably going to command a deal worth $10 million or more annually. Which might end up being too rich for the Giants.
Bobby Hart. Still hurting the Giants.
DeSean? In green? Again?
The Philadelphia Eagles just had to go and trade for DeSean Jackson on Monday, didn’t they? Sorry, Giants fans.
Mike Remmers, anyone?
If Daryl Williams is going to ask for a couple gazillion dollars — which he should after the Bobby Hart deal — maybe the Giants should move on down the line.
Which brings us to Remmers. The Minnesota Vikings released the 30-year-old seven-year veteran on Monday. Remmers was in Carolina, where Dave Gettleman was GM, from 2014-2016. He was in Minnesota with then-offensive coordinator and current Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.
Remmers is an awful right guard, but a functional right tackle. He might be a short-term, low-cost option that would allow the Giants to draft defense early and add a developmental tackle in the middle to late portion of the draft.