New York Giants All-Pro safety Landon Collins could hold out of all of spring and summer if he’s hit with the franchise tag.
Per a report from Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Collins could hold himself out of spring and summer activities and workouts if he’s eventually franchise tagged. His four-year rookie deal expires this offseason, and the Giants have until March 5 to either implement the franchise or transition tag.
Collins also has the opportunity to not sign the tag.
“There is a chance that if Collins is given the tag, he won’t sign it, possibly even until the start of the regular season,” Vacchiano writes. “According to a source familiar with Collins’ situation, he has no interest in playing a season under the tag and definitely wouldn’t sign it until after the offseason workout program and spring mini-camps.”
The franchise tag would cost the Giants around $11.2 million. They have a $27 million cap space and Giants general manager Dave Gettleman stated that the goal is to have around $10 million remaining for in-season emergencies.
Gettleman also commented on the Collins situation earlier this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“So let’s go to the conversation of eliminating distractions,” Gettleman said. “You tag a guy. He’s mad. And that’s all you guys are going to write about. For six months it’s what it’s going to be. So I have to say to myself, ‘Is it worth it?'”
Last week a report came out that Collins had cleaned out his locker at the Giants facility. The Giants later refuted that claim, stating that Collins was only cleaning out things he didn’t need.
If the three-time Pro Bowler isn’t franchise tagged, he officially becomes a free agent on March 13.