Landon Collins will not receive franchise tag from Giants, report says

Landon Collins will not receive franchise tag from Giants, report says

The Giants are getting ready to part ways with Landon Collins.

According to a report from the NY Post, the team is moving on from the 25-year-old safety. 

General manager Dave Gettleman will decline to use the franchise tag on Collins, the report said, and without the tag, he will enter free agency.

If Collins were franchised, he would have received an $11.15 million salary, but that cost seemed too high for Gettleman, the report noted. Multiple reports doubled down on Collins’ lack of performance in pass coverage being a key reason for not staying in New York.

In late February, the three-time Pro Bowl player cleaned out his locker at the team facility and said his farewells to his teammates, coaches and trainers, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources.

The safety seemed to confirm the move on Twitter on Tuesday.

“I want to thank the Giants organization for believing in me and allowing me to have 4 great years in NY,” he wrote. “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 relationships I have built in the building and in my community. Now on to the next chapter….”

Collins was selected by the Giants with the 33rd overall pick of the 2015 draft. The All-Pro selection suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in Week 13 last season, which required surgery after he was placed on injured reserve.

He finished with 96 total tackles, four pass breakups and a forced fumble through 12 games in 2018.