New York Giants: Landon Collins set to leave, G-Men options

Landon Collins, New York Giants. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Collins options

There is still a week to go before Collins can sign with anyone. Around the league, people are surprised that the New York Giants would let him leave for nothing. First, they have an option to place a franchise tag on Collins. He would play one season at a salary that is an average of three highest-paid players at his position. That amount would be approximately $11.5M.

Collins was all around accepting that before telling the team that he didn’t want to be “franchised.” He said if franchise tagged, he would hold out until the beginning of training camp. Since he can’t participate in most drills due to his surgery recovery, it’s a moot point anyway. Earlier Tuesday, he got his wish the Giants let him know that they wouldn’t be making their franchise player.

Collins had a classy response to the situation.

It’s unlikely the sides come to a solution on a new contract. There has been no movement with the Giants and Collins’ representatives. If any progress had been made, they wouldn’t be at this point. Big Blue, however, still has one more card to play, but it is very risky. They can still place a “Transition Tag” on Collins.

Under this designation, the New York Giants would have the right of first refusal. If Collins signs a contract with another team, the G-Men would have seven days to match the contract. If they decline to match, they get no compensation. Additionally, they lose their option to use the Transition Tag again this year.