In an interview with Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Giants safety Landon Collins says he isn’t sure if the team wants him back next year after they considered trading him prior to the trade deadline.
“I don’t know,” Collins said. “Does it make me wonder? Yeah. It definitely does.”
Collins was aware that the Giants were making moves but he was never expecting his name to be a potential trade piece. Former NFL safety Ryan Clark, who now works with ESPN, texted Collins on trade deadline day that the Giants were working on a deal involving him.
According to reports, the Giants were seeking a 2nd round pick for Collins but the best offer they got was a 3rd. Kansas City and Tampa Bay were two teams that showed interest.
The #Giants were seeking a 2019 2nd-round pick and a late-round pick in 2020 for safety Landon Collins, per @RVacchianoSNY. No team is believed to have offered more than a 3rd rounder. The #Chiefs and #Bucs were among the teams to show interest.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 31, 2018
ESPN reported on Sunday that teams around the league expect the Giants to franchise tag Collins’ this offseason if no long-term deal is reached. Collins is not a fan of the tag.
“Honestly I don’t want it,” Collins said. “I know what type of player I am. I’m going to bring forth hard-work, talent, play-making abilities to the game each and every week. Why would I want to play under a one-year deal? If something happens I’m not guaranteed. And even though I’m guaranteed that for a year, I’m still not guaranteed.It is what it is. If they franchise tag me I have to go from there. I can’t go nowhere. There’s not much I can do.”
Collins also adds that there have been no conversations between his agent and the Giants’ front office about a new contract.
If the Giants decide to rebuild, Collins, who is just 24 years old, says they should consider doing so without him.
“It surprised the hell out of me. “It was a big eye-opener. If they’re rebuilding, they can rebuild without me. And I’m so young still, but they could still try to find younger and put the money elsewhere, into whatever they need to put it into to rebuild their team.”
“Yes, I want to be here. At the end of the day, I’m here with my boys, I’m glad to be here with them and I’ll finish this year out with them. If I’m here with them again I’ll be happy with it. If not, I’ve got to still move on and do my job somewhere else.”
The Giants made the playoffs in 2016, but have been a complete disaster ever since, including the firing of HC Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese. They’ve lost 20 out of their last 24 games and are set to once again have a top-5 draft pick. They’ll have a decision to make with Landon Collins, who is slated to be a free agent after the season.
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