Giants Won’t Franchise Tag Landon Collins

The Giants will not apply the franchise tag to Landon Collins, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). With that, the Giants are likely set to move on from one of the game’s best young safeties. 

Recently, GM Dave Gettleman expressed doubt about cuffing Collins, but many expected the two sides to patch things up.

So let’s go to the conversation of eliminating distractions,” Gettleman said. “You tag a guy. He’s mad. And that’s all you guys are going to write about. For six months it’s what it’s going to be. So I have to say to myself, ‘Is it worth it?‘”

Collins clashed with the Giants last year and made it clear that he would not show up for work if he was tagged. Still, the move is perplexing to many in the football world – the Giants need talent in their secondary, yet they are somehow willing to lose out on a three-time Pro Bowler.

Collins, 25, joins a free agent safety group that also includes Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Lamarcus Joyner, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Adrian Amos, and Kenny Vaccaro. Last year’s free agent safeties were met with disappointing offers, but it could be a different story this time around given the amount of cap space around the league and the lackluster talent at other positions.

The Buccaneers, Chiefs, and many other teams with safety needs figure to be in on Collins when free agency begins next week.

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10 comments on “Giants Won’t Franchise Tag Landon Collins

  1. goldenmisfit

    This might be one of the most idiotic moves this franchise has made since the hiring of Ray handily. I have no idea what this franchise is thinking absolutely done with them.

    • MZ311

      You’re not going anywhere. You’ll suffer in silence like the rest of us.

  2. ktyson85

    I mean tag and trade. They would have gotten some value out of a draft pick. They could have gotten a day 2 pick for him.

    That organization has dropped big time. The whole McAdoo fiasco was a mess. Then the GM gives OBJ an extension last year and there’s whispers of trading him this year. SMH

  3. bush5104

    Literally the 2nd worst team in the league over the last five years, behind only Cleveland.

    What the hell is going on in the front office?! They should have cut Eli 2 years ago, but they’re too worried about the media backlash. The MacAdoo fiasco…had a chance to take a franchise QB but pass…ignoring the glaring holes on the OL and secondary….overpaying Solder…now letting Collins walk for absolutely nothing.

    It makes being a Giants fan sorta embarrassing these days. Ugh.

  4. jb19

    Are you insinuating that the GM didn’t tag Collins Bc the media would be mean to him? If that’s the case, NYG needs a new GM with some mettle.

  5. denny816

    Come on Gutey! Sign Collins, Draft Sweat and Fant, pick up a few depth FA and offsets on is done.

    • Michael Chaney

      With the way he looked at the combine, I’d be shocked if Fant is still available by their second first rounder, but everything else seems reasonable. I have a feeling there will be a small run on tight ends in the first round.

  6. honey nut ichiros

    One of the few players on either side of the ball to consistently make plays the last three years. And they just let him walk away. Smh. No wonder we as fans have lost faith in this organization as a whole.

  7. Perksy

    No idea what the giants are thinking here. Could have tagged and traded him, or traded him at last October’s trade deadline when teams were interested. The guy is 25 and has a lot of great football left in him. Might as well cut Jenkins and Vernon while at it.

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