Giant Contradiction: Varying Reports Tackle Landon Collins' Future With Team

February 20, 2019 - 3:17 pm
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By WFAN.com

There were conflicting reports Wednesday regarding Landon Collins' future with the Giants, but in the end, the three-time Pro Bowl safety left the impression that his days with the team are numbered.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that Collins had cleaned out his locker at the team's practice facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It appeared Collins, who is set to become a free agent next month, didn't believe he'd be back with the team, Anderson reported, citing unnammed sources.

But moments later, Giants beat reporters took to Twitter to dispute the report. The New York Post's Paul Schwartz wrote: "Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day."

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano followed that up by tweeting: "Giants S Landon Collins' locker remains full of stuff, as of this hour, and he has not been informed of any decision on whether the team plans to use the 'franchise tag' on him or not, according to a source. ... So nothing new and nothing to see here."

The Daily News also reported Collins' locker remained full Wednesday and that he had not said his farewells.

But then Collins weighed in on Twitter and seemed to side with ESPN's version of events, writing: "The stuff in that locker that I have left I do not need."

The Giants must decide by March 5 whether to place the franchise or transition tag on Collins, 25, to prevent him from hitting the open market. The Giants would then have until July 15 to agree to a long-term contract with him. If no deal is reached, he'd play under the tag for the season. The projected salary for a safety under the franchise tag in 2019 is about $12 million, while the transition tag is expected to pay $10.2 million.

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It's not clear what prompted Collins to clean out his locker. A source told Vacchiano no progress has been made between the Giants and Collins toward a long-term deal but that the franchise tag remains a definite possibility.

Collins had no interceptions in 2018 with Big Blue. In his first four seasons, he had 428 combined tackles, 321 solo tackles, eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.