Free agency is set to begin in just a few weeks, which means there are a whole lot of players around the league who will be finding new teams pretty soon. As recently as Wednesday, it appeared that New York Giants safety Landon Collins would be one of those players. Reports have indicated that Collins and the Giants have not been engaged in discussions on a long-term deal for the safety, and on Wednesday it was further reported that he at the Giants' facility, and after some initial confusion, Collins himself confirmed that he removed everything he needs from the locker.
I’m told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn’t seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 20, 2019
Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) February 20, 2019
Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility.
Go about your business and have a nice day.
The stuff in that locker that I have left I do not need💯— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) February 20, 2019
All those signs seemed to point toward Collins signing with a non-Giants team, but on Thursday morning ESPN.com's Jordan Ranaan reported that the Giants are still likely to use the franchise tag on Collins, which would keep him in New York for at least another year unless a different team wanted to surrender draft-pick compensation in addition to a contract. Collins, however, is not interested in being tagged, and would hold out if that's how this plays out, according to Ranaan.
What I know about Landon Collins from sources: He wants long-term deal. Understandably. Made 3 Pro Bowls in 4 years. Giants haven’t shown strong desire to sign long term.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 21, 2019
***Franchise tag still likely. He doesn’t want that. Don’t expect him to show this spring if that happens.
Our own Jason La Canfora reported earlier this week that the Panthers rescinded the tag and allowed Josh Norman to sign elsewhere a few years back. It will be fascinating to see what happens with Collins in a safety market that also includes Earl Thomas and Lamarcus Joyner, , especially after last year's safety class had to wait a long time to get paid, and almost all of them ended up having to sign at discounted prices., but also noted that general manager Dave Gettleman has had some interesting run-ins with the franchise tag before, such as when the