It seemed like a forgone conclusion that the New York Giants were planning to apply the franchise tag on impending free agent safety Landon Collins.

That assumption took a hit on Wednesday when general manager Dave Gettleman did not commit to committing to Collins long term.

“We’re still evaluating,” Gettleman told reporters.

Earlier, head coach Pat Shurmur revealed that the club has been having discussions with Collins and also commented that the report that stated Collins had emptied out his locker last week was way overblown.

The Giants have until March 5 to apply a tag to Collins to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 13. That tag could be one of three types: an exclusive franchise tag, a non-exclusive franchise tag or a transition tag.

Currently, Collins is rehabbing from the December surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder which will prevent him from participating in the team’s offseason program.

Collins, the first overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, has been named to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons and widely considered one of best safeties in the game and has led the Giants in tackles in each of his four seasons as a pro.

The Giants are still evaluating whether Collins will be healthy in 2019 before they commit to a long-term deal with him. They are also wary of applying the tag to him as it will cost them approximately $13 million for one season.

Time is running out on this decision. Should the Giants allow Collins to hit the open market, there is very good chance that he leaves.