Report: Teams called Giants about trading for Landon Collins
Landon Collins joins a long list of New York Giants players who have rumored to be part of the team's fire sale that started earlier this week and continued over the last 48 hours. The first two moves the Giants made were to trade away starting cornerback Eli Apple and starting defensive tackle Damon Harrison for three future draft picks. In the process, the Giants cleared out salary cap space to help reshape the roster in the coming offseasons.
On the Tuesday episode of the 'Stick To Football' podcast with Bleacher Report scout and NFL insider Matt Miller and Connor Rodgers, Miller gave a little inside scoop on how the current the trade market is unfolding for the Giants safety.
"Another name I've heard teams have called on is Landon Collins," Miller said. "Teams are at least poking around to the Giants, like hey, are you moving this guy? It sounds like they are not interested in trading him, so we're not going to see him moved."
One team that has likely already called Giants general manager Dave Gettleman about trading for Collins is the Kansas City Chiefs. With injuries to Eric Berry and weaknesses in their secondary, the Chiefs were rumored to be interested in trading for Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas earlier this season before he landed on injured reserve.
"I've heard the Chiefs are going to try to be aggressive," Miller said. "I think Andy Reid and Brett Veach are going to try be aggressive to make moves and sure up that defense. If there is any move out there that can improve their defense they are going to try to get it done."
Collins the kind of impact safety who can change the course of the season for a team in desperate need of help in the backfield like the Chiefs. Given the fact that the Chiefs may very well have called the Giants, and if they did, they likely made a healthy offer for him, it says a lot. What it tells us is that the Giants have big plans for Collins and he is a foundational piece of their future roster as they look to rebuild in Gettleman's image.
Collins will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason at the conclusion of his four-year rookie contract. Now that it appears the Giants are not interested in trading him, this means they will retain him in one of two ways this offseason. The Giants will either decide to slap Collins with the franchise tag or re-sign him to a long-term contract. If they sign him to the franchise tag, the Giants will pay Collins the average of the top three players at the safety position on a one-year fully guaranteed contract.
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If the Giants decide to re-sign Collins to a long-term contract, a large chunk of fully guaranteed money will be attched to the new deal and there is a good chance he could become the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
Based on the report suggesting the team is not seriously entertaining trade offers for Collins, it seems likely the Giants are planning to re-sign him to a long-term contract this coming offseason.
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