The kickoff of NFL free agency on Monday, March 11 did not disappoint, to say the least. From the Jaguars signing Nick Foles to a four-year $84 million deal to Tyrann Mathieu signing a three-year $42 million deal with the Chiefs, NFL teams are wasting no time making big-time moves. But the team that perhaps made the biggest splash in free agency so far is none other than the Washington Redskins.
New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman refused to place the franchise-tag on safety Landon Collins causing him to become the top free-agent safety on the market. Speculation quickly then grew about Collins going to the Redskins due to his love of Sean Taylor and his respect for the Redskins organization as he said on draft night: “I will always be a fan of the Redskins.”
Landon Collins agreed to a massive six-year $84 million deal with the Redskins, with $31 million guaranteed. This new deal makes Collins the highest paid safety in the league, and let me tell you Redskins fans, it’s time to get hyped about this latest signing.
He’s made three Pro Bowls, one First Team All-Pro, and had five interceptions in 2016 which ranked No. 5 in safeties that year. Collins has a unique skill set of being one of the hardest hitting safeties in the league, while also being a fierce ball-hawk. The dude is just a flat-out baller. He’ll do more than just fill the void of former Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger.
Redskins fans should be writing Giants GM Dave Gettleman a thank you note. This is now the second time where his reluctance to franchise-tag an elite defensive back has caused that player to go to Washington.
During his tenure as Carolina Panthers GM, Gettleman didn’t want to pay former Panthers corner Josh Norman the big bucks, so he rescinded Norman’s franchise tag which eventually led to his demise in Carolina. Leading to him signing a five year deal with the Skins
Josh Norman said it best on Twitter: “In ‘Gettleman’ We Trust (All-DBs) securing the bag.”
The future is bright in the Washington secondary.
- Jackson Parker