Giants safety Landon Collins said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches, and trainers, reports Josina Anderson of ESPN, who adds that “it doesn’t seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer.”
Anderson also reported that Collins cleaned out his locker, but SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports that Collins’ locker remains full of stuff and he has not been informed of any decision on whether the team plans to use the franchise tag on him or not, according to a source.
Another source told Vacchiano there was “nothing new” on the Collins situation.
Vacchiano adds that the Giants have until March 5 to make a decision on whether to franchise Collins or not, and the decision might not come until right around then.
The 25-year-old Collins will be an unrestricted free agent if he isn’t tagged.
Vacchiano reported Tuesday that the Giants and Collins had made little progress on a potential contract extension. If the team decides to tag Collins, they would have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal — with him playing under the tag this season if a deal isn’t reached.
The Giants seriously considered trading Collins during the season, with the Bucs and Chiefs among the interested teams, reported Vacchiano.
Collins told SNY in November that he didn’t want the franchise tag.
“Honestly I don’t want it,” he said. “I know what type of player I am. I’m going to bring forth hard-work, talent, play-making abilities to the game each and every week. Why would I want to play under a one-year deal? If something happens I’m not guaranteed. And even though I’m guaranteed that for a year, I’m still not guaranteed.”