Collins became an unrestricted free agent when the New York Giants opted last week not to keep him under the franchise tag designation, which now appears to have opened the door for a much larger financial payoff. While the Chiefs have huge needs in the safety department, there is no way they could possibly pay Collins that deal.
Collins' new teammate, cornerback Josh Norman, poked fun at Giants general manager Dave Gettleman after news broke about Collins' deal. While the contract is a big one, which was tough to predict with the Redskins salary cap situation, Collins will bring plenty to the Redskins secondary at strong safety, while at the same time weakening a divisional rival as the Giants lose one of their better defenders.
Collins, 25, made three consecutive Pro Bowls in his last three seasons as a member of the Giants.
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 versatile safety leapfrogs Eric Berry as the highest paid safety in the National Football League, and in the process, he may be scaring the trousers off teams who may be wondering what a 30-year-old Earl Thomas costs. In his first four seasons, he had 428 combined tackles, 321 solo tackles, eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles.