The deal’s $14 million annual average is a record for an NFL safety and includes $45 million guaranteed in the first three years.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman let Collins walk into free agency at the end of his rookie contract instead of franchise-tagging him at $11.15 million for 2019 or negotiating a long-term deal.
Collins had threatened to hold out if the Giants had tagged him, and Big Blue didn’t think Collins was worth more big money. Clearly, Washington felt differently after facing Collins the past four years.
Collins’ idol growing up was the late former Washington safety, Sean Taylor. He wears No. 21 in Taylor’s honor. Now he’ll wear the same uniform as the safety he revered, and in the process he’ll try to make the Giants pay for letting him go.
Washington corner Josh Norman, who Gettleman also let walk out the door as Carolina’s GM in 2016 to a big payday in Washington, mocked Gettleman on Twitter.
“In ‘Gettleman’ WE Trust (All-DBs) securing the (money),” Norman tweeted with cash and dollar sign emojis.