Collins Fills "Massive, Massive Need" For Redskins

Washington needs two safeties, Craig Hoffman said, and Collins is a good start

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
March 12, 2019 - 8:56 am
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The Washington Redskins will sign Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal, a move that was much-needed on multiple fronts. Collins is the only player in the NFL with at least 400 tackles and 30 passes defended since 2015 – and the only safety with 95+ tackles in four straight seasons.

“They need two safeties, and he is really going to be good at one of those spots,” 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Defensive players hate this term, but it’s a term offensive coaches use: he’s a box safety. So he’s going to play down around the line of scrimmage a lot more. He’s going to play more underneath in coverage, but they’ve needed a player like that for years and years and years.”

Collins, an Alabama product, was a second-round pick in 2015 and a three-time Pro Bowler for the Giants. The Redskins disliked playing against him so much that they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“Everyone will basically tell you they haven’t had a great safety since Sean Taylor passed,” Hoffman said. “He’s a different kind of player because no one was like that. No one was like Sean Taylor was in terms of the range over the top and things like that. But he’s basically half of what Sean was in terms of the physicality coming down towards the line, the ability to play the run, the ability to crush you coming over the middle.”

Collins is also “decent” in man-to-man “depending on who you ask.”

“I talked to an offensive coach yesterday who said he’s a pain in the butt to play against because he can cover tight ends and do some of the things you’d ask an underneath player to do,” Hoffman said. “He’s not going to be a guy that can be an eraser over the top. He’s not Earl Thomas. He’s not that type of player. They still need that type of player, but this was also a massive, massive need for them – and he fills it on a very creative contract that is going to actually help them sign some other free agents as well."