When the 2019 National Football League schedule is released, you can bet that ex-New York Giant and soon-to-be Washington Redskins safety Landon Collins will circle the dates of those NFC East battles.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal can not become official until free agency opens Wednesday.
The deal is for six years, $84 million, including $45 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The deal is worth an average of $14 million a season. The safety didn't keep up that level of play over the last two years, but still returned to the Pro Bowl each season as one of the Giants' top defenders. The draft is now a bit more open too, as the Redskins addressed one of their biggest problem areas with Collins, arguably the best safety on the free-agent market this year. The connection to Washington was obvious, with the significant need for a starting safety after cutting D.J. Swearinger, and the Redskins affinity for former Alabama products. The team acquired safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Green Bay at the 2018 trade deadline, but he is set to be a free agent.
Collins recorded at least 96 tackles in each of his four seasons, including a career-high 125 along wth 13 passes defended and four sacks during a breakout 2016 when he was named All-Pro. The Redskins then signed him to a $75 million, five-year contract. Releasing Norman would save the Redskins $8.5 million after three seasons with them.