Landon Collins
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Now-former New York Giants star safety Landon Collins to sign a six-year deal with the Washington Redskins. 

Former New York Giants safety Landon Collins is staying in the NFC East.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Collins will sign a six-year deal with the Washington Redskins. The long-term contract will be worth $84 million, with $45 million paid out over the first three seasons.

Last week, the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman decided that they weren’t going to franchise tag their All-Pro safety. Big Blue has around $27 million in cap space this offseason and would need around $8-10 million for rookies and in-season emergencies. Franchise tagging Collins would’ve cost the Giants in the range of $11 million this offseason, and they simply didn’t feel financially comfortable doing so. There’s the additional opportunity that Collins could’ve also held out if he was tagged.

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No, this doesn’t look good on the surface for the Giants. Collins now has the chance to haunt the Giants at least twice a year for the next six seasons. But, look at it this way: There’s no team in the NFL that’s aware of his strengths and weaknesses more than the Giants. Also, people are forgetting, the Redskins are still the Redskins. They still won’t be a problem in the NFC East division for the most part.

The Redskins just acquired quarterback Case Keenum in a trade deal with the Denver Broncos last week. They still have the outlook of a .500 team, at best, regardless of the fact that they now have a play-making safety such as Collins.

Don’t get me wrong, Collins is a great player and I loved him as a Giant. However, it’s not a position that’s going to jump start the Redskins into the playoffs right now. They still have a mediocre quarterback and a middling coach in Jay Gruden. They’re not going to be a contender in the NFC East just yet. So, that being said, Giants fans shouldn’t worry too much.

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