One of the biggest decisions the Giants will have to make this offseason will be what to do with safety Landon Collins?
The 25-year-old is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl season despite missing the last month due to season-ending surgery to repair a partially-torn labrum but will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Giants are reportedly likely to use the franchise tag on Collins instead of locking him up to a long-term deal or letting him walk in free agency.
Collins has previously said he does not want to be franchise tagged, raising concerns on if he would take a drastic measure of sitting out a season a la Le'Veon Bell.
Yet Collins appears he would not go that route if that were to happen.
"I got no choice on that," he said on Monday.
The three-time Pro Bowler added he hopes that a long-term deal could be reach and restated his desire to stick with the Giants while speaking highly of head coach Pat Shurmur and the direction he has the team going in.
"I want to finish my career as a New York Giant," Collins said. "We're building here. We've taken steps all season. We showcased that we're a better team than last year."
Collins, who was given a 4-to-6 month timetable to recover from his surgery, expressed disappointment in not being able to finish the season for a second consecutive year, but added that he expects to resume some football activities by February or March.
"It was hard to miss the end of the season," Collins said. "I missed competing with my guys and the opportunity to make plays for my team."
Teams must decide whether or not to place the franchise tag on a player by March 6.
If the Giants wish to retain Collins, he will not come cheap, even for one year. The NFL's highest-paid safety is Eric Berry, who is on a six-year, $78 million deal.
Despite missing 12 games, Collins still led the Giants with 96 tackles and was fourth on the team with five tackles for losses before he was shut down for the season.
He also had four passes defended, a forced fumble and two quarterback hits but did not have any interceptions for the first time in his career.