Redskins snatch Collins from Giants on 6-year, $84M deal

Landon Collins avoids franchise tag will sign for six years $84 million with Redskins

Landon Collins avoids franchise tag will sign for six years $84 million with Redskins

Collins' deal, as well as Eric Reid's three-year, $22 million contract last month with the Carolina Panthers makes it seem like the market for safeties is heating back up after being down last year.

Saquon Barkley catches a checkdown from Eli Manning in the right flat ... and is leveled by Redskins box safety Landon Collins.

The Giants decided not to give Collins the franchise tag, and it ended up working out well for the 25-year-old.

Collins' new teammate, cornerback Josh Norman, poked fun at Giants general manager Dave Gettleman after news broke about Collins' deal.

The former New York Giants safety had been linked to K.C. for most of the offseason given that the Chiefs new defensive coordinator is his former coach in Steve Spagnuolo.

Collins has at least 96 tackles in each of his four seasons with the Giants, including the 125 tackles in his breakout 2016 that also included four sacks and five interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown.

He underwent surgery late a year ago and is expected to be cleared for football drills this offseason. They finished 24th in the National Football League in defense (371.4 yards per game) and allowed the most points in the NFC East (25.8 per game).

One of Collins' biggest strengths is his ability to play the run from the safety position.

Collins, who is a natural strong safety, had been hopeful for a significant payday, looking to receive top safety money.

Collins said before he was drafted 33rd overall by the Giants in 2015 that he always wanted to play for the Redskins because he idolized Sean Taylor.

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