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Redskins reportedly set to sign former Giants S Landon Collins in a move that will totally revamp their defense

Redskins reportedly set to sign former Giants S Landon Collins in a move that will totally revamp their defense

Despite entering free agency in the bottom five when it comes to salary cap space, there was a vibe around the Redskins that they were going to be aggressive.

Well, on Monday, they were aggressive.

Washington went out and struck an agreement with ex-Giants safety Landon Collins on a reported six-year deal. The defensive back is expected to receive $45 million guaranteed, with the full contract carrying a value of up to $84 million.

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay confirmed the news.

It's a TON of cash, both up front and through its entirety, but Collins looks like the kind of defender worth splurging for. 

Collins, just 25 years old, played in 59 of 64 contests for New York and lines up at a position that Washington badly needed to address — and has needed to address for a decade-plus. He's an excellent tackler and obviously has had plenty of success in the NFC East, too.

Now, Collins isn't a perfect player; he's superb in the box but is known to be flawed in coverage, so the team will have to pair him with someone who can help mitigate that issue. However, the pros of bringing him in far outweigh the cons.

The move can't be official until Wednesday at 4 p.m. Until then, expect to see the Redskins move other players around to create the money needed to complete the signing.

Washington's defense is loaded with Alabama players in their front-seven. With the addition of Collins, the team now gets a talented one in the secondary. Perhaps he can be the piece that elevates what was an average unit in 2018 into the top-third of the NFL.

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How Washington could benefit from Cowboys' Dak Prescott situation

How Washington could benefit from Cowboys' Dak Prescott situation

Anybody want to talk actual football? Well, it's possible that the Cowboys reluctance to get a long-term deal done with Dak Prescott could work out in Washington's favor. 

Fans of the burgundy and gold know what it means when a successful quarterback gets on the franchise tag treadmill. Even in good times, it leads to sniping, some infighting and a general air of instability. 

Of course Prescott and the Dallas brass will say the right things about wanting a long-term deal and wanting to be a Cowboy for life. But the truth is now Prescott is playing on a one-year deal, and because of the contractual structure and specific mechanisms of the franchise tag, it seems at least likely Prescott will play on a tag again in 2021. 

Prescott is now guaranteed more than $31 million for the 2020 season. That's about 15 percent of Dallas' total salary cap, and there's nothing to guarantee he plays for the team next year. 

That's a huge chunk of cash and cap space to devote to one player, but not that uncommon for the quarterback position. The reality, however, is that a long-term deal for Prescott would have saved Dallas money over time. Eventually even the biggest QB deals end up looking like bargains before they end. 

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How does this help Washington?

Well any instability in Dallas is good for their NFC East rivals, especially if the Cowboys don't know their long-term plan at quarterback. For the 2020 season the Dallas offense looks explosive but the team had to let top cornerback Byron Jones walk in free agency because they simply didn't have the salary cap space, and that was before Prescott locked in at $31 million for this year. 

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Don't fool yourself - Jerry Jones has been smart in locking up a number of the Cowboys best offensive players with contract extensions, some even on team friendly deals. But that also leaves Dallas with hardly any wiggle room and puts significant pressure on 2020 being a Super Bowl or bust season. 

Instability at QB. Increased pressure.

Some teams thrive in those situations, but for nearly a decade with former coach Jason Garrett at the helm, the Cowboys didn't. Maybe new coach Mike McCarthy can change that, but he better do it quick. 

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Report: 'Lawyers are involved' in pending Washington football news

Report: 'Lawyers are involved' in pending Washington football news

In the last week the Redskins fired two personnel executives and watched legendary team broadcaster Larry Michael retire. 

Washington is also in the midst of changing its team name after nearly 90 years playing under a nickname that some considered a racial slur. The decision to change that name began internally in June but the demand grew when numerous corporations publicly requested a name change. 

On top of that former highly paid cornerback Josh Norman tweeted out that “what goes around comes around” as it relates to Washington and there are persistent rumors of a pending investigative report that could be damaging to the franchise. 

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Well, here come the lawyers. 

When the lawyers get involved means things are quite serious. It likely also means whatever report is expected could be delayed, and the dark cloud that seems to follow the Washington franchise will keep lingering. 

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