The Giants decided not to give Collins the franchise tag, and it ended up working out well for the 25-year-old. He had a career-high 125 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions, four sacks, a touchdown and a fumble recovery in 16 starts during his All-Pro campaign in 2016.
Saquon Barkley catches a checkdown from Eli Manning in the right flat ... and is leveled by Redskins box safety Landon Collins.
"I feel like that's the armor", Collins told ESPN two years ago. "I try to do my best by it".
Collins wore 26 at Alabama as a tribute to Taylor, who wore the number at Miami (Fla.). To my earlier point, maybe you view the $14 million as befitting of a guy who plays two positions fairly well-and really, maybe that's the way the National Football League will have to view many of these hybrid safeties as the position becomes more essential to modern defenses (much like Les Snead had to view Todd Gurley as more than a running back, and why Le'Veon Bell held out for an entire season). Collins cried when he learned of Taylor's shooting in 2007. Now the Giants will have to see him twice a season.
Collins' new contract with the Redskins will reportedly pay him an annual average value of $14 million per year, which would be the most for any safety and tied for the fifth-most for any defensive back. Signing Collins is another expensive splash for an organization that has a reputation for spending big in free agency.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was then GM of the Panthers, which led Norman on Monday to tweet, "In "Gettleman" WE Trust (All-DBs) securing the" money. After the third year of the contract, there is an out that would allow the Redskins to part with Collins while absorbing just $6 million in dead cap. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter.