An additional leading security is hitting the open marketplace.
And like Earl Thomas, he much too could be a concentrate on of the Dallas Cowboys.
The New York Giants did not use the franchise tag on Landon Collins ahead of Tuesday’s 3 p.m. league deadline for tag distribution, generating the 25-yr-aged Professional Bowler an unrestricted totally free agent when totally free agency formally opens next Wednesday. Groups can contact and enter deal negotiations with totally free agents starting Monday.
Collins, the 33rd over-all pick of the 2015 NFL draft out of Alabama, had effectively verified the information himself before in the day when he tweeted this goodbye to the Giants corporation:
Could that next chapter be with a specified division nemesis of the Giants?
The Cowboys have lengthy been joined to Thomas, the Seattle ball hawk and previous Texas Longhorn, but Collins is not to be ruled out, SportsDay’s David Moore reported recently on the “Ballzy” podcast.
“He’s youthful, he is not the playmaker that Earl Thomas is but he is a superior fit in this plan,” Moore reported of Collins. “I consider Dallas is heading to shell out additional in totally free agency than they have in the previous. I consider they really feel Earl Thomas is a male which is warranted to shell out it on and I consider Landon Collins is a male they can shell out it on. I see them actively pursuing one or the other of all those players.”
Dallas has at the very least commenced talks with Thomas’ camp, according to a report. It remains to be viewed if they will do the identical with Collins.
The 6-foot, 218-pound Collins has by now been named to 3 Professional Bowls and one All-Professional team (2016, first team), racking up 428 merged tackles, 32 handed defended, eight interceptions and 22 tackles for reduction alongside the way.
In a the latest movie breakdown of defensive players the Cowboys could concentrate on in totally free agency, SportsDay special contributor John Proudly owning argued that Collins may possibly be a better fit than Thomas in the Dallas secondary:
When analyzing the Dallas’ safeties, it does not acquire lengthy to determine out that robust security is a a lot more substantial need than totally free security for the Cowboys. He’s nowhere in close proximity to fantastic, but [Xavier] Woods has tested to be a capable deep security who is an asset to the Cowboys defense. Jeff Heath, on the other hand, skipped 13 tackles versus the run (most amid safeties in the NFL, per PFF) though also struggling in coverage.
If the Cowboys opted to concentrate on Collins as a substitute of Thomas, it would permit them to fill one of their biggest demands with a player who has a tested track history of flourishing at that place.
But for the reason that he is 4 many years youthful than Thomas (who turns 30 in May possibly) and not coming off a serious injury like Thomas is (leg fracture), Collins will probably come at a more substantial price tag.
ESPN reported that Collins is on the lookout to acquire prime security dollars, a bar the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Eric Berry currently sets as the league’s maximum-paid security at $13 million per yr. Actively playing beneath the franchise tag in 2019 would’ve paid Collins $11.15 million.
Of study course, Thomas and Collins are not the only noteworthy safeties available in totally free agency. Will any of these players accommodate up for the Cowboys next time? Keep tuned.
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