1. Landon Collins
What is there to say about Landon Collins that hasn’t been said already? The overpaid safety has bene taking slings and arrows from fans and the media all season, so we’re not going to come down too hard on him.
With that being said, Collins play this season has been unacceptable. Can you blame the coaching staff for continuing to deploy him in coverage situations when they have superior options rotting on the bench?
No doubt, but that’s still no excuse for how inept Collins has looked when opposing teams drop back to pass. He’s clearly better served as a hybrid linebacker, but he’s currently on pace to set a career-high in missed tackles.
In other words, Collins hasn’t even been passable in his supposed area of strength. How could Washington possibly justify bringing him back? The talent is there. He’s a former All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler for a reason.
However, unless Washington considers a full-time position switch for the 27-year-old, the front office has to find a way to get out of his contract, which runs through 2024. They just can’t afford to keep paying $14 million a year to a player who is more of a detriment to the secondary than a contributor.
Collins’ deal comes with just $9.6 million in dead cap in 2022, compared to its untouchable $26.3 million dead cap for this year, so maybe Washington can swallow its pride and release the $84 million DB.
That’s what a properly-run organization would do, anyway.