Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Dave Gettleman telegraphed his plan not to use the franchise tag on S Landon Collins when he spoke to reporters at the scouting combine last week, and he carefully laid out his reasons why. The Giants don't have a lot of cap room. He worried about the "distractions" if Collins was unhappy. He even made it clear he doesn't value safeties as much as some other GMs.
That, of course, wasn't enough to calm the Twitter-storm, or stop the conspiracy theories and ill-placed blame. The reactions ranged from how Gettleman has no plan, to the Giants are about to blow up everything and start over, to my personal favorite - It's all Eli Manning's fault (because, of course it is).
I get it. It was an unpopular decision. I don't even think it was a good one. I think the Giants should have traded him in October if they didn't want to keep him, but I think a 25-year-old safety is a valuable piece to build around. But the hysteria is … well, it's hysterical.