The Washington Commanders are expected to release star safety, Landon Collins, after the two sides could not agree on a restructured contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The 28-year-old signed a six-year, $84 million contract before the 2019 season, jumping ship from a New York Giants team that shockingly let him walk in free agency. Cutting him saves the Commanders $6.6 million while saddling them with nearly $10MM in dead money.
After picking up three Pro Bowl appearances with the Giants, Collins put up productive numbers in two seasons that he remained relatively healthy. He posted 117 tackles and four passes defended in 2019 and came back strong from a seven-game 2020 season this year with 81 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions in 13 games as a safety-linebacker hybrid.
But for a Commanders team that just brought on quarterback Carson Wentz and his entire contract — including $28 million in 2022 — the need for a re-worked contract for Collins was needed.
After the 28-year-old refused, Washington made the decision to cut him.
Landon Collins just told me he's moving on from the Washington Commanders, per him.
"They asked me to take a pay cut. The first one was fine. Then they asked me to take another one. The money changed after they signed Carson Wentz. I'll just take my chances in free agency."
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With Collins now out of the picture, Washington only has Kamren Curl secure at the safety spot. Veteran Bobby McCain will test the free-agent market this offseason while Deshazor Everett is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after his involvement in a fatal car accident on Dec. 23.