Redskins’ contract with Landon Collins is a thing of beauty

Landon Collins

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Now he'll don the same burgundy and gold as his idol.

Landon Collins, a New Orleans native who played in high school at Dutchtown, will join the Washington Redskins with a six-year deal worth up to $84 million with $45 million guaranteed over the first three years, NFL Network reported Monday (March 11).

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal can not become official until free agency opens Wednesday.

Swapping 2020 sixth- and seventh-round picks with Denver to get Keenum is a low-risk trade to fill the void left by Alex Smith's career-threatening injury. When general manager Dave Gettleman chose to let him go, the Chiefs were often mentioned as a potential new home, but no one could have predicted the Washington Redskins would outbid everyone for his services with an incredible deal that reaches six years in length.

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The biggest question mark around Collins was expected to be whether or not the Giants would tag him. While the contract is a big one, which was tough to predict with the Redskins salary cap situation, Collins will bring plenty to the Redskins secondary at strong safety, while at the same time weakening a divisional rival as the Giants lose one of their better defenders.

"He is a complete safety", retired safety Will Blackmon said on Twitter.

Despite missing the last four games of the season, Collins led the team in tackles and was always around the ball during his time in NY.

There's also uncertainty about safety Montae Nicholson, who was arrested in December for assault and battery and missed the final two games of last season. The Redskins then signed him to a $75 million, five-year contract. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman had his 2016 franchise tag rescinded by Gettleman as Carolina Panthers general manager. Releasing Norman would save the Redskins $8.5 million after three seasons with them.

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