Report: Giants, S Collins set for split

Three-time Pro Bowl safeties under the age of 26 are rarely set free on the open market in the NFL, but Landon Collins will escape the franchise tag and become a free agent, NFL Network reported Monday.Collins, a four-year pro, can become an unrestricted free agent when the new NFL year begins March 13. The Giants have until Tuesday to use the franchise tag on him.Kim Jones, who covers the Jets and Giants for NFL Network, said Monday in a report from Indianapolis on the final day of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine that the team loves the player but wants him back only at its price.Projections for the 2019 salary cap number at safety put the one-year salary next season at $11.15 million.The New York Daily News also reported there is expected to be a “significant market” for the former Alabama safety if he’s allowed to hit free agency.

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