The New York Giants aren’t actively negotiating with All-Pro safety Landon Collins at this time, per reports.
One of the issues throughout this offseason for the New York Giants will be what they ultimately decide to do with their All-Pro safety, Landon Collins. The four-year man out of Alabama will have his rookie deal expire this offseason and will be looking for a long-term deal from Big Blue.
However, that deal may not come for another year. According to a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Giants and Collins “are not currently in active negotiations on a contract extension, per sources.”
I'm told the #Giants and S Landon Collins are not currently in active negotiations on a contract extension, per sources.
Collins, leads all DBs in tackles since entering the NFL in 2015 (428) and is 1 out of 4 safeties to make 3 Pro Bowls in the last 4 seasons.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 19, 2019
Basically what this means is the Giants possess the option to tag Collins. The period for franchise or transition tags opened on Tuesday, and will be open for teams for approximately two weeks.
If the Giants don’t have the cap space freed up, they could ultimately use their tag on Collins. Per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, this would cost the Giants around $11.2 million. Collins would thus play 2019 on the franchise tag and then structure a long-term deal with the Giants before the 2020 season.
In January, Collins hinted that he wouldn’t fight the franchise tag. He made it clear he wanted to play for New York for a very long time, and eventually finish his NFL career where it started.
“My hope is to be here, honestly,” Collins said early January “I was drafted here. I want to finish my career here. It’s a hope and dream of mine. Hopefully we can make it a reality.”
During the 2018 regular season, Collins racked up a combined 96 tackles. This led the team, and he only suited up for 12 games. The Pro Bowl defensive back ended the season on IR.
Landon Collins suffered a shoulder injury in a 30-27 week 13 win over the Chicago Bears.