Landon Collins bids farewell to Giants

Landon Collins has thanked the New York Giants for "four great years" amid a report they will not use the franchise tag on him.

The Giants are said to be moving on from the 25-year-old safety, allowing him to enter the free agent market after seemingly deciding against tagging him by Tuesday's deadline.

Had Collins been franchised, he would have received an $11.15million salary, but that cost was apparently too steep for general manager David Gettleman.

Multiple reports suggested Collins' lack of performance in pass coverage was a key reason behind the Giants' decision.

In late February, the three-time Pro Bowler cleaned out his locker at the team facility and said his farewells to his team-mates, coaches and trainers, according to ESPN.

And Collins wrote on Twitter: "I want to thank the Giants organisation for believing in me and allowing me to have four great years in NY.

"I can't express how great it was to play with my team-mates and in one of the greatest cities in the world. I will forever cherish my time in the blue and white and the relationships I have built in the building and in my community. Now on to the next chapter...."

Collins was selected by the Giants with the 33rd overall pick of the 2015 draft. The 2016 All-Pro selection suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in Week 13 last season, which required surgery after he was placed on injured reserve.

He finished with 96 total tackles, four pass breakups and a forced fumble through 12 games in 2018.

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