Landon Collins didn't want to go anywhere at the trading deadline, but the closer it got, the more he knew it was a real possibility. At one point during the day, his phone rang and it was his agent calling.
"I looked at my phone," Collins recalled during an interview on ESPN Radio, "and thought 'Oh God.'"
It turned out to be a false alarm. But the threat of him being traded was real.
Multiple teams made offers to the Giants for the 24-year-old safety, a source told SNY on Tuesday, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants were looking for at least a second-round pick in 2019 plus possibly another low-round pick in 2020, one source said.
No team is believed to have offered more than a third.
That's close, though, and the fact the Giants even considered shipping off Collins for future draft picks adds some uncertainty to his future in with the team. He's one of their best defensive players and he's emerging as a locker room leader. But he's also unsigned beyond the end of this year, and there doesn't appear to be any movement towards a long-term contract extension.
If he doesn't get one, he'll be a free agent in March, unless the Giants use the franchise tag on him at the cost of at least $12 million.
The Giants are currently projected to have about $31 million in salary cap space in March (according to overthecap.com), but they have plenty of ways to create more. So they certainly can afford to use the franchise tag on Collins.
That's why the only way it would have made sense to consider trading him is if they had decided he wasn't part of their future, and didn't have any intention of bringing him back at all.
It's not clear what the Giants real intentions are. Collins certainly doesn't seem to know what the future holds for him either, but he made it clear that he's hoping the Giants want to keep him for a while.
"Honestly it's always been my dream to be one of those guys like LT, Michael Strahan, those guys that finish their years on one team," Collins said on The Michael Kay Show. "It's a dream of mine to do that. If I can, it's a blessing in my eyes."