2. Landon Collins, LB
After signing former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, the Washington Commanders needed to free up some cap space. The team did so by cutting safety turned linebacker Landon Collins. The 3x Pro Bowler was midway through a six-year, $84 million deal with Washington. The defender said the team asked him to take multiple pay cuts and he figured he would be better off taking his chances in free agency.
After tearing his Achilles in 2020, Collins played 13 games in 2021 and collected 81 tackles, two interceptions, 3.0 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. Midway through 2021, the strong safety converted to a linebacker and had a lot of success at the position. This versatility could be a huge asset to the Cowboys. It could certainly be interesting to see both Collins and Parsons play multiple positions causing confusion amongst opponents.
According to OverTheCap, releasing Collins saves Washington $6.48 million against the cap but also costs them $9.6 million in dead money. The contract he was on made Collins the highest-paid safety in the NFL. But it’s clear that the former Commander knows his worth. At 28 years old, the defender has high-level skills as both a run defender and pass rusher. These skills mean he will have no trouble finding a new team. But will that team be Dallas?