Landon Collins reportedly signing huge deal with Washington

The New York Giants opted not to franchise one of their best defensive players, safety Landon Collins, and now not only are they losing him in free agency, they’re losing him to a division rival.

Reports: Six years, $84 million

ESPN’s Josina Anderson was first to break the news that Collins has agreed to a deal with Washington; others have since followed up, reporting that the three-time Pro Bowler will sign a massive six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million guaranteed.

Collins has idolized Sean Taylor, the late, outstanding Washington safety, nearly his entire life and wore No. 21 with the Giants in homage.

Washington has unofficially retired the jersey number since Taylor’s killing in 2007, but it won’t be a surprise if Collins asks if he can wear it.

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NFL players who switched teams this offseason

WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

RB Le'Veon Bell

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

QB Joe Flacco

Traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

QB Case Keenum

Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

WR Antonio Brown

Traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Trey Flowers

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Trent Brown

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to join the Detroit Lions

(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

S Landon Collins

Left the New York Giants in free agency to sign with the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

WR DeSean Jackson

Traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Philadelphia Eagles 

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

OL Terrell Suggs

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

RB Frank Gore

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to sign with the Buffalo Bills

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Nick Foles

Left the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LB C.J. Mosley

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

WR Jamison Crowder

Left the Washington Redskins in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

TE Jesse James

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

S Eric Weddle

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Left the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

DE Michael Bennett

Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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Safety market heating back up?

Collins’ deal, as well as Eric Reid’s three-year, $22 million contract last month with the Carolina Panthers makes it seem like the market for safeties is heating back up after being down last year.

Veteran Eric Weddle was quickly snapped up by the Los Angeles Rams after being released by the Baltimore Ravens; his two-year, $12.5 million pact is a reflection of his age (he’s 34).

Fellow free agent safeties Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu in particular must be happy to see Collins’ deal.

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