Safety Landon Collins grew up idolizing the late Sean Taylor, a safety who played pro ball with Washington.
So after spending the first four years of his NFL career playing in the same division as Washington, Collins, on whom the Giants declined to use the franchise tag last week, is headed to Washington to play on the same field where his boyhood idol played.
According to a NFL Network report and confirmed by a source, Collins is headed to Washington on a six-year contract worth up to $84 million with $45 million guaranteed and paid out over the first three years.
That's an average of $14 million for Collins, who will turn 26 on his next birthday and who is coming off season-ending shoulder surgery.
The Giants, who are strapped for salary cap space, were not about to devote the franchise tag at a cost of just over $11 million on a player whom they are believed to regard mostly as a box safety. The Giants are instead believed to be in the market for a solid free safety, at least one pass rusher and a right tackle.
Washington, meanwhile, now has one of the the highest paid cornerbacks in Josh Norman and the highest paid safety in Collins on their roster.
Norman, who famously had a falling out with Dave Gettleman when as the general manager of the Carolina Panthers Gettleman rescinded the franchise tag off Norman who ended up signing with Washington, didn't waste any time in taking a verbal shot at his former boss.
Collins, who appeared in every game for the first two years of his career before missing one game in 2017 due to a broken forearm, and four games last year due to a shoulder injury, finishes his Giants career with 329 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, 32 passes defensed, 8 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
Collins, who was named a first-team All-Pro in 2016, has also made the Pro Bowl the last three seasons.