Collins obviously wants a long-term extension from the team and isn’t expected to be in attendance for offseason workouts if he’s tagged.
The franchise tag would cost the Giants over $11 million fully guaranteed for the 2018 season.
Josina Anderson of ESPN reported Wednesday that Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday and his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers.
Anderson adds that it doesn’t seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer.
On Tuesday, Anderson reported that the Giants and Collins are not in “active negotiations” on a long-term deal at this time.
Collins, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Giants back in 2015. He is in the final year of his four-year, $6.12 million rookie contract that included $4.459 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $1,269,621 for the 2018 season.
In 2018, Collins appeared in 12 games for the Giants and recorded 96 tackles, a forced fumble and four pass defenses.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.