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Giants’ Landon Collins reiterates desire to remain with New York

Landon Collins

Safety Landon Collins is a free agent this offseason but made it clear again on Monday that he doesn’t want to go anywhere and would love to remain with the New York Giants. Collins and the Giants have talked about a contract extension and that is what he hopes will happen, but if they can’t reach a long-term agreement he wouldn’t be opposed to playing under the franchise tag.

There have been a lot of players who have discussed how they haven’t wanted to play under the franchise tag, including Le’Veon Bell who held out the entire season because of it, but that isn’t the mindset that Collins has.

“Would I play on it?’’ Collins said Monday, referring to the franchise tag via The New York Post. “I’ve got no choice. But it’s not a big concern of mine. I know what I’m capable of. Hopefully we work something out before that. If not, the franchise it is. I’ve just got to continue proving myself.’’

There is a chance the Giants could let him walk this offseason, but the chances of that do seem very low. The Giants defense struggled but one of the few bright spots was Collins who has been a steady force on that side of the ball. He started 47 out of the first 48 games of his career and started the first 12 of this season before missing the last four because of a shoulder injury.

“My hope is to be here, honestly,’’ Collins said. “I was drafted here. I want to finish my career here. It’s a hope and dream of mine. Hopefully we can make it a reality.’’