Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) defends against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Landon Collins Wants To Finish Career With Giants

December 31, 2018 - 5:10 pm
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By WFAN.com

Landon Collins wants a long-term contract, but the Pro Bowl safety is willing to play next season on a franchise tag.

“Would I play on it?” Collins told reporters. “I mean I got no choice to play on it. But it’s not a big concern of mine. I know what I’m capable of. Hopefully we work something out before that. If not, franchise it is, you know?”

Teams can apply franchise tags from Feb. 19 through Mar. 5.

Collins' contract expires this offseason. He signed a four-year, $6,120,557 contract with the Giants as a rookie after being drafted 33rd overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

“My hope is to be here, honestly,’’ Collins said. “I was drafted here. I want to finish my career here. It’s a hope and dream of mine. Hopefully we can make it a reality.’’

The 24-year-old missed the final four games of the season after undergoing surgery on Dec. 11 to repair a partially-torn labrum in his left shoulder. At the time of the injury, his 96 total tackles led the team.

According to overthecap.com, franchise-tagging Collins would cost the Giants between $11.5 and $11.75 million on a one-year deal.

Collins was selected to his third Pro Bowl in four seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2016.