3. NY Jets trade target: Landon Collins, S/LB, Washington Commanders
The now Washington Commanders signed Landon Collins to a massive six-year, $84 million contract prior to the start of the 2019 season. It was a risky move at the time, and one that certainly hasn't paid off.
Collins' play has diminished over the last three years with Washington even trying him as more of a hybrid safety/linebacker this past season. The results weren't exceptional.
While Collins excelled in run defense earning an 82.5 Pro Football Focus run-defense grade that ranked eighth among all safeties in the NFL, his dreadful 38.8 coverage grade ranked 92nd out of only 93 qualified safeties.
Collins was a poor fit in Washington's defensive scheme and the Commanders never committed to a full-time move to linebacker. But it's worth wondering how he would fare in a system better fit for his obvious talent.
Given Collins' $16.2 million cap hit in 2022, it's likely the Commanders look to move on from the former first-round pick. For the right price, the Jets should be interested.
Collins could benefit from a full-time move to linebacker in a Robert Saleh defensive scheme that would emphasize his natural athleticism. Washington would be forced to eat a large portion of his salary in a trade making it reasonably affordable for the Jets as well.
The Jets shouldn't give up anything significant, but it might be worthwhile to send a Day 3 pick (or perhaps an exchange of Day 3 picks) to Washington for a player who would provide experience and depth to the team's linebacker corps.