With the future of New York Giants safety Landon Collins still in doubt, Big Blue has to start thinking about a future without its former second-round pick.

The last few days have seen nothing but drama surrounding Collins. A report by ESPN’s Josina Anderson started the buzz when she tweeted that the former All-Pro safety had cleaned out his locker and said goodbye to his teammates, coaches and trainers.

Giants reporters were quick to dispel the report, saying that Collins still had things in his locker at the team’s facility. Collins added to the intrigue by responding with a tweet stating he didn’t need the things left in his locker.

The Giants have until March 5th to place the franchise tag on Collins or else he will become an unrestricted free agent. It wouldn’t make much sense for the front office to let Collins walk, but having a contingency plan in case it does happen certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Here’s a few potential replacements should Collins and the Giants part ways.

While Earl Thomas has been strongly linked to the Dallas Cowboys in the past, reports suggest Jerry Jones and company might only be interested in Thomas on the cheap. If that’s the case, Thomas is still very much in play.

Thomas is a former All-Pro, Super Bowl winner and has been graded as one of the best safeties in the NFL, scoring 90 or better in three of his last four seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

There’s no doubt he wants to be paid, but the reality is Thomas is going to be 30 this season and is coming off a broken tibia that limited him to just four games. He might get a nice chunk of change, but it isn’t likely to come from a long-term deal. Assuming he’s healthy, Thomas would be an immediate, short-term fix for New York.

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