The Giants may want to hang onto Landon Collins after all.
Despite listening to trade offers for the Pro Bowl safety before last week’s deadline, the Giants expect to work on a long-term extension and will use the franchise tag on Collins if no deal is reached, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The news should quell any fears Giants fans may have had that the team was ready to part ways with Collins as they began selling off pieces of their defense last week.
The Packers, Chiefs and 49ers all reportedly inquired about the 24-year-old safety, but the Giants were asking for a second-round pick in return.
The Giants did part ways with CB Eli Apple and NT Damon “Snacks” Harrison in exchange for draft picks as the beginning of a rebuild, but Collins has been the best defensive player for the Giants the last two seasons — earning two Pro Bowl selections and First Team All-Pro in 2016.
He leads the Giants this season with 62 tackles through eight games and has a forced fumble and four pass defenses.