Giants tell Landon Collins he is free to go

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The expectation was that the Giants would not use the franchise tag on safety Landon Collins before today’s 4 p.m. deadline.

They didn’t wait all afternoon.

Via multiple reports, the Giants have told their free agent safety they would not use the franchise tag on him, allowing him to walk into free agency with no compensation (beyond a possible 2020 compensatory pick).

Tagging Collins would have cost $11.15 million, which you could easily justify for a 25-year-old with three Pro Bowls on his resume.

He’ll now enter a market that is dense at his position — which means not everyone is getting paid.

With Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Lamarcus Joyner, and others hitting free agency at what has traditionally been a slow-to-pay position, it could be hard for all of them to cash in.

40 responses to “Giants tell Landon Collins he is free to go

  1. Makes sense…why bother to keep your best defensive player when you’re in the process of becoming the 2016 Cleveland Browns.

  2. Can’t figure this team out.They need help in the defensive backfield and let Collins walk.what’s next?

  3. Teams don’t like to pay strong safeties because strong safeties are really too small for the amount of punishment they are expected to take. They get hurt a lot.

  4. Just more of Gettlemen’s philosophy on display. He doesn’t believe DBs are that valuable, which is a bit crazy in today’s passing league. He thinks front 7 is far more valuable and you piece the back end up with interchangeable parts as you get pressure. It can work, but you’d better hit on a lot of studs in the front 7 if you’re going to neglect the back end like he does. Just take a look at Carolina when they tried to replace a top 5 CB with some rookies under Gettleman.

  5. It kind of looks like the Giants are going all in to tank this year and be number 1 next year for a chance at a franchise QB (there are no franchise type QB’s in this year’s draft); by getting rid of any good defensive players and relying on Eli, who’s best play is diving to the ground to avoid being hit or flying the ball to the other team to get off the field. It is amazing how far teams fall when they decide their winning coach is not good enough and can easily be replaced by someone better.

  6. I guess they figure if they really are going with Eli @ qb, they don’t really intend on winning more than 4-6 games tops. so why paid a high end safety to a suck team!

  7. $11.15M would have made him the fifth highest paid safety in the league at this point in time. Maybe the Giants thought it was too much. Still, it’s hard to understand letting a young guy like Collins get away and only get a compensatory pick for it when you could use his help in the secondary. Some team will be happy to make him one of the highest paid safeties in the league. Meanwhile, teams will be happy to play the Giants who will now have one of the worst secondaries in the league.

  8. Lot of good FA’s at the position, wonder if the market will be as slow as last year.

  9. HaHa Clinton-Dix in a twitter exchange with his friend Landon Collins:

    “You gonna love that Green and Gold brudda”

    Does HaHa know something others don’t?


  10. As a Giants fan im upset because you always hate seeing your guys leave. However, as a fan of the game, I get why the Giants are moving on from him.

  11. illgivemyopinion says:
    Jerry, make the call. He is better than Earl Thomas.
    Spoken like somebody who thinks flying to Chicago is a trip “out west.”

  12. All of the clueless line up to pronounce the Giants as tanking, dumb for letting Collins go, etc.

    The fact is, after years of bad drafts, the Giants need o-line help, pass rushers, and other things, and they think those things are more important than big money on a safety who isn’t great in coverage. They’re not one of the teams with a ton of cap space. Collins is a very good player against the run, around the line of scrimmage, but if you don’t have a pass rush you don’t have a defense.

  13. I loved Landon when he came up. Ferocious downhill hitter.
    But he is limited on who he can cover. So are we supposed to tag or sign long term a limited player? Good call by Gettleman; this defense needs it’s dollars to be better spent

  14. All those veteran safeties on the market, and that’s not even factoring in the draft class. Not everyone is gonna get paid, indeed.

  15. too much money for a in the box safety. Collins is a great tackler, good team mate, but can’t cover anybody.11mil per year? I’m a Giants fan, and I’ll take a hard pass.

  16. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    March 5, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 5, 2019 at 1:01 pm
    “Pro Bowls”
    Exactly. The same “honor” that Mitchell Trubisky had this year. Bahahaha. Quite the accomplishment
    Poor guy. Can’t get Trubisky out of his head or out from under his skin. Came over to a Landon Collins thread just to make a comment about him. Weird.

  17. Yes, let’s have a little less leadership in the locker room and on the field. Worse, lets let him go anywhere – including a divisional opponent. Stupid move. Perhaps this will be Gettlemen’s last season here and as an NFL executive.

  18. Can’t cover worth a damn, never could it was noted pre draft, but this guy is a football player. You win trophies with football players….Belichick has football players and football players only on his team. I wonder why he wins so often…….

  19. If only Colbert could tear himself away from the divas for five minutes and take a look at Collins for Pittsburgh … sigh.

    I rarely agree with tylawspick6 on anything, but he’s right about “Pro Bowls … lol.” Imagine what we might have if the “Pro Bowl” were only players on the Top 100 list as voted by other players, scheduled after the Super Bowl so those guys could participate, and included an incentive that made players really want to go.

  20. If you want to get paid being a d-back you have to be a corner. It’s become quite hard to get paid as a safety unless you are a transcendent talent which none of these players are. Collins is a nice player at a non premium position. I’m happy that he is getting the opportunity to test the market bit he might not like what the market might be offering. A lot of safety’s ego’s got checked last year in free agency and that is probably going to happen again this year.

  21. We have so little defensive talent that the only explanation is that this year is going to be a serious tank job. Otherwise, franchise him and get another year, a trade or a long term contract. Not impressed with Gettleman on this move.

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