Did Landon Collins foreshadow Commanders reunion on Instagram?
By Jerry Trotta
Though the Washington Commanders seemingly had a strong draft, they still have myriad roster holes to address over the next few weeks.
Since Ron Rivera took over as head coach and lead personnel decision-maker, the post-draft free agency cycle has been his bread and butter. Last offseason, Charles Leno Jr., Bobby McCain and Ricky Seals-Jones were all had in May.
This time around, the Commanders have already bolstered their offensive line, signing veteran guard Trai Turner to a one-year deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will likely compete with Wes Schweitzer for the starting right guard spot.
But what about the rest of the roster? As of this writing, Washington needs reinforcements at linebacker, the secondary and special teams after kickoff return specialist DeAndre Carter signed with the Chargers.
In terms of the linebacker position, a reunion with Landon Collins started gaining steam before the draft and hasn’t petered out. Well … it appears Collins himself is interested, as he re-posted a very transparent fan message on Instagram.
Did Landon Collins just foreshadow a Commanders reunion?
Reading the tea leaves isn’t necessary in this instance. Why would Collins share this to his 460,000 followers if there wasn’t mutual interest in running it back? For what it’s worth, he still has “WASHINGTON Safety” in his IG bio, too.
If you were to read the tea leaves, though, Collins could have been signed by any team the second Washington cut him. While several teams could use his skillset, has anyone heard anything suggesting he’s talked with potential suitors?
Perhaps his market will rev up now that the draft is over, but there’s no denying it’s been dormant since he was made a cap casualty. With both sides (seemingly) needing each other, maybe Collins is willing to bury the hatchet and be talked into re-signing for a contract in the $3-6 million range.
Fans will be hesitant to sign Collins considering his injury history and lack of consistency, but he’s a perfect fit in the Buffalo nickel role, which is currently vacant after the Commanders used their first five picks on a wideout, defensive tackle, running back, safety/special teams ace and quarterback.
Last season, Collins was arguably Washington’s best defender for a three-game stretch after moving to the Buffalo nickel. From blowing up running plays, flying sideline-to-sideline chasing ball-carriers and coming up with three sacks and seven tackles for loss, he was a spark plug on an otherwise underperforming unit.
If Collins is willing to let bygones be bygones play most of his snaps in the nickel (he was adamant in referring to himself as a safety after the switch) then the Commanders shouldn’t waste any time bringing him back.
Based on his IG story, it seems to be in the works.