Washington Redskins: Getting Landon Collins Was Top Priority

The first domino for the Washington Redskins and 2019 free agency has fallen. Reports are surfacing that the team and former New York Giants safety, Landon Collins have agreed in principle on a deal. The deal is worth $84 million with $45 million guaranteed. The Redskins will pay out the guaranteed money in the first three years of the contract. This was a primary area of need for the Redskins but what does it mean for the team.

The Giants selected Collins in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played his college ball at the University of Alabama. He comes from a long line of fabulous Crimson Tide defenders. Furthermore, he joins other Tide members of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Ryan Anderson. At 25-years-old, he now becomes the highest paid safety in NFL history.

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What does this mean for the Redskins?

The Redskins were one of the bottom teams with available salary cap space heading into free agency. They had approximately $13 million available. Landing a player like Collins at this price is going to take some good work by the Salary Cap team of the Washington Redskins.

Making a deal of this magnitude is nothing new to the Redskins. Just two years ago, they signed Josh Norman away from the Carolina Panthers. In addition, last season, they traded for QB Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs.

This was a major deal for the Washington Redskins. Safety was an important need. Especially after releasing D.J. Swearinger and letting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix walk. Now it seems the Redskins are filling the position for, at least, the next 3-years.

However, with a big deal comes restructuring. You can expect that the Washington Redskins will be clearing some cap space. This will have to come in the form of contract restructuring, trades, and out-right releasing of some players. Maybe even some popular ones. Nonetheless, that is business.

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