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Redskins Sign Safety Landon Collins; Market Price Set for Earl Thomas?

, formerly with the , won't be leaving the East anytime soon. He'll be heading down I-95 to Washington D.C., having just agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the Redskins.

Arguably the biggest move so far in 2019 , Collins' new deal helps set the price for the many other safeties on the market. That makes this transaction doubly interesting for the .

On its own merit, seeing a top player like Landon Collins stay in the isn't ideal for Dallas. But perhaps more importantly, it validates the $14-$15 million per season that potential Cowboys target is reportedly looking for.

While Thomas is about five years older than Collins and coming off a season-ending , he's also arguably the best cover safety in the . That is becoming more valuable all the time as the league increasingly pass-focused.

It's also worth nothing that Collins and Thomas have the same agent, who will likely feel obligated to get Earl at least the same amount if not more.

The Cowboys have stated they don't want to spend that kind of money in free agency. However, upgrading the safety position is one of the clearest ways that they can improve their from last season.

This does not end the discussion of Earl Thomas coming to Dallas. He still could accept a little less to come to the team he wants to play for, and in a state with no income tax. Or the Cowboys could finally decide that they need to make a big move to push the team to championship contention.

But this Landon Collins signing does certainly play big factor now in any future negotiations.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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