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Giants safety Landon Collins doesn’t want to get franchise tag

New York Giants safety Landon Collins is one of the NFL’s most talented young defensive backs, and he says he doesn’t want a franchise tag.

Collins is in his fourth professional season, and he’s already been named a Pro Bowler twice. He holds down the team’s secondary. Surprisingly, he found out the Giants were listening to trade offers for him towards the deadline this year. New York traded away two defensive starters, so he become unsure if even a player of his caliber was safe. He doesn’t know what will happen after this season, but he definitely knows he doesn’t desire a franchise tag.

“Honestly I don’t want it,” Collins told SportsNet New York. “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.”

Landon Collins won’t have a choice if the Giants decide to give him the tag before his free agency hits in March. He is too valuable for New York to let him walk away. However, other teams are unlikely to pay the high asking price to acquire him. Sources believe they want a second-round pick or higher.

Either way, Landon Collins says he’s committed to finishing out the season with his 1-7 Giants. He doesn’t know what lies ahead, but he’ll continue to take it one game at a time.