Collins has inked a six-year, $84 million deal with Washington, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Collins' market-setting contract will reportedly include $45 million guaranteed, to be paid out over the first three years of his new deal. The 25-year-old safety is coming off a 2018 season in which he logged 96 tackles in 12 games for the Giants, and as long as Collins stays healthy, the 2015 second-rounder should remain a premium quality IDP in his new locale.
The team technically can still sign Collins to a long-term contract, but this decision suggests he's as good as gone, making him one of the top players available in free agency when the new league year begins March 13. Collins should make a full recovery from Dec. 11 labrum surgery before the start of training camp.
The Giants have approximately $27 million in cap space to work with this offseason, but it appears the front office isn't willing to devote the amount needed ($11.15 million) by placing the aforementioned tag on the safety. Such a decision will be made by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, at which point Collins will be available when free agency kicks off March 13. In four pro campaigns, he's averaged 7.4 tackles per game, which pro rates to 119 across a 16-game slate.
Collins (shoulder) is a strong candidate for the franchise tag, ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan reports.
Collins had surgery Dec. 11 to repair a torn labrum, missing the final four weeks of the regular season and then sitting out the Pro Bowl. He did mention in late December that he'd be fine with playing under the franchise tag, which is expected to cost approximately $11 million for safeties. The 25-year-old has started his career with four straight seasons averaging at least 6.9 tackles per game, but he didn't do much else on the stat sheet in 2018. He did have 125 tackles, five INTS and four sacks during his breakout 2016 campaign, finishing third in DPOY voting behind Khalil Mack and Von Miller. The Giants presumably will discuss a long-term deal with Collins, but it won't come as any surprise if they're hesitant to pay top dollar for a safety without first-rate coverage skills.
Collins (shoulder) will not play in the Pro Bowl due to injury, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports.
Collins presumably remains on the mend from December shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left arm. He will be replaced by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.
|2015||New York Giants||16||112||84.0||28||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||9|
|2016||New York Giants||16||125||100.0||25||4||5||72||14.4||44||1||13|
|2017||New York Giants||15||104||78.0||26||0||2||21||10.5||21||0||6|
|2018||New York Giants||12||96||67.0||29||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
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|2016||New York Giants||16||0||0||0||0||1||6||1||0|
|2017||New York Giants||15||0||0||1||0||2||33||2||0|
|2018||New York Giants||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|