Giants players are reacting on social media to the news that Landon Collins won’t be given the franchise tag, and will become a free agent.
Heck of a player and leader! Learned a lot from you this year 21! All luv ✊ https://t.co/ZgUyOf36le— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) March 5, 2019
Salute Cap’n!!! Was an honor to play along side you bruh. Great teammate on and off the field. Excited for you ✊ https://t.co/mfLeHusENR— Michael Thomas (@Michael31Thomas) March 5, 2019
@TheHumble_21 hate to see you go big bruh, you know you was my dawg ✊ . All good vibes when we seen eachother at therapy. Best wishes my dawg— Dree Henderson (@DreeHenderson) March 5, 2019
The New York Giants have made it official that they will not use a franchise or transition tag on safety Landon Collins.
The #Giants have now informed S Landon Collins that he won’t be franchise tagged, putting a top player on the free agent market, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2019
The two sides could still reach a contract agreement before or after free agency opens next week. Still, this could mean the team’s 2015 second-round pick ends up elsewhere next season.
Collins quickly took to social media to say goodbye.
I want to thank the Giants organization for believing in me and allowing me to have 4 great years in NY. I can’t express how great it was to play with my teammates and in one of the greatest cities in the world. I will forever cherish my time in the blue and white and the— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) March 5, 2019
relationships I have built in the building and in my community. Now on to the next chapter.... pic.twitter.com/nc9rhcqLKm— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) March 5, 2019
There will be much more reaction to this decision, but there is this bit of explanation as of now:
Just spoke to a high level Giants source on decision. He also mentioned their concern with Collins pass defense. This seemed to be their biggest issue and reason. https://t.co/k0pnzKaFTk— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 5, 2019
Tuesday is deadline day for the New York Giants to use either the franchise or transition tag on Landon Collins to guarantee the talented safety won’t reach the free agent market a week from now.
Surprisingly, it seems like the Giants are willing to let the deadline pass and take their chances with the 25-year-old three-time Pro Bowler.
The #Giants are viewed as unlikely to franchise tag safety Landon Collins, sources tell @KimJonesSports and me. They love the player but view the tag number as too high. If this holds, he’s expected to be free.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2019
I was also told the “consensus” around the league is that the Giants won’t tag Collins, a move that would cost an estimated $11.2 million against the salary cap.
GM Dave Gettleman spoke at length about Collins and the tag during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
“It’s how the money lays out,” said Gettleman, pointing out that the Giants actually have far less to spend that the $27 million shown by Over The Cap.
“You’ve gotta go into the season with $8-10 million in space. If you don’t go into the season with 8-10 in space if someone gets hurt you’re playing a rookie. You can’t go out and and get a ...,” Gettleman said.
“So now that conversation’s different, isn’t it? Now it’s man, they’ve only got $17 million. Nothing can be done in a vacuum. It can’t. You’ve gotta look at the whole picture, the whole package. We’re not done.”
Gettleman also spoke about the idea of distractions, appropriate now that we know there is a possibility Collins will not report if he is tagged.
“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. So, I have to say to myself ‘is it worth it?’
“I don’t understand where the tag became such a terrible thing for a player to get tagged, but that’s me.”
For what it’s worth, Spotrac calculates Collins’ value on the open market at five years, $46.8 million, or roughly $9.3 million per year.
This is a hard move to understand, if indeed it is what happens. It doesn’t seem like good on-field business for the Giants, a team that needs help on all levels of what was a leaky defense in 2018, to risk losing a 25-year-old who might be their best defensive player.
Still, business is business and that appears to be where the Giants and Collins are.