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Giants news, 1/20: Giants, Landon Collins not near long-term deal, per reports

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“Very little talk or progress” on long-term deal

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The clock is ticking on the Giants’ ability to keep star safety Landon Collins from hitting the free agent market, with the team having until March 5 to decide whether to use the franchise or transition tag on Collins for the 2019 season.

If reports that surfaced Tuesday are accurate, that might be the Giants’ only option for keeping Collins from testing his value on the open market. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Monday that the Giants and Collins are “not currently in active negotiations on a contract extension.” SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported that “there has been very little talk or progress on a long-term deal.”

Neither of those reports means there won’t be talks, or that a deal can’t get done. It just means the Giants might have to use the tag to make sure Collins is a Giant in 2019. By using the tag the Giants would have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If that doesn’t happen, Collins would have to play the 2019 season on the tag.

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