The news of former New York Giants safety Landon Collins’ massive contract with the rival Washington Redskins is sending ripples throughout the league. Talking heads and pundits are filling the airwaves and social media with the same underlying theme — Collins’ contract is a bloated one.
No one is blaming the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman for letting Collins walk in free agency after the news that the Redskins are about to pay the Pro Bowl safety $84 million over the next six years with $45 million of that guaranteed.
Washington cornerback Josh Norman, who played for Gettleman in Carolina and is not a fan of his former GM, sent out a tweet to goad him as he welcomes his new teammate.
That’s about all Norman is securing these days. In 2015 as a Panther, Norman was named All-Pro and after the season came calling for a big payday. Gettleman and Norman’s representatives could not reach deal and the Panthers slapped the franchise tag on Norman.
After several weeks of trying to hammer out a long term deal, Gettleman lost patience and rescinded the tag, making Norman an unrestricted free agent.
“After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable,” Gettleman said at the time. “We have decided to rescind the franchise tag freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well.”
Norman wasn’t on the market very long, getting scooped up by — you guessed it — the Redskins two days later and signed to a six-year, $75 million contract. He hasn’t sniffed the Pro Bowl since. And certainly not Odell Beckham Jr. in their one-on-one matchups.
Washington now has two defensive backs Gettleman let walk and are considered to be overpaid. The Giants were not about to pay Collins anywhere near the amount the Redskins will fork over. In fact, they thought the $11.15 million franchise tag was too rich for Collins.
Maybe now, Giant fans will ease up on Gettleman, who has been doing his best to be financially prudent in rebuilding Big Blue.