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The New York Giants signed former Alabama safety Landon Collins to a four-year, $6.1 million deal Friday. Collins’ contract came with a $2.1 million signing bonus, according to NFL Insider Rand Getlin. Collins along with former Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Ereck Flowers were both signed this week. New York selected Collins in the second round (33rd overall pick) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He led Alabama’s defense in tackles last season with 103.
Collins, who stands at 6-foot, 228 pounds, totaled 4.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two quarterback hurries in 2014. He finished as a unanimous All-American, and earned first-team All-SEC honors.
Collins played in 41 games at Alabama, accounting for 190 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
He’s a two-time Southeastern Conference champion (2012, 2014) and a national champion in the 2012 season. Collins is expected to start week one at safety for the Giants. He will wear jersey No.21, in honor of his childhood idol, the late Sean Taylor.
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