Giants safety Landon Collins to become free agent

Chris Lingebach
March 05, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Giants safety Landon Collins to become free agent

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Landon Collins, it appears, will reach free agency after all.

The 25-year-old safety was informed by the Giants Tuesday they will not be franchise tagging him, meaning he will become a free agent on March 13. This comes two weeks after reports that Collins had cleared out his locker at the Giants facility, the first sign both parties might be headed for a divorce.

The three-time Pro Bowler (2016-18) and one-time first-team All-Pro (2016) will undoubtedly have a slew of suitors after him. A second-round pick in 2015, Collins went out of his way coming out of Alabama to speak of Sean Taylor as his hero. Which makes him a personality fit in Washington should the Redskins choose to pursue him.

106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman recently characterized Collins as "one of few players I would spend real money on if I'm the Redskins."

Although, it's not as if there aren't reasons to proceed with caution. With eight career interceptions and one defensive touchdown in four seasons, Collins is obviously a standout safety on the field. But he's also coming off of a partially torn rotator cuff which caused him to miss the last four games of the 2018 season.

There is one other minor cause for concern.

The Giants also aren't without their share of critics for the decision to let Collins walk.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that while the Giants did love Collins as a player, they viewed the franchise cost for safeties ($11.15 million) as too high for the position.

The deadline to designate franchise tags was 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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