When Giants safety Landon Collins partially cleared out his locker last month, many Chiefs fans dreamed of having him fill a new one at Arrowhead Stadium.
Collins, 25, is a three-time Pro Bowler who will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13 and has played for Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
The idea of Collins coming to the Chiefs was discussed this week by two NFL observers. They saw a path to the Chiefs regardless of whether he’s a free agent or the Giants put the franchise tag on him.
On the NFL Network, Dwight Freeney and Michael Robinson discussed potential landing spots for free agents. Freeney said the Chiefs would be a good fit for Collins.
“The perfect place for Landon would be the Kansas City Chiefs,” Freeney said. “Especially with (Eric) Berry and the health issues there. I think the thing is, he’s a playmaker and that’s what they need. They need a veteran guy in the secondary who make plays and help them get off the field.”
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Ryan Dunleavy, the Giants beat writer for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey, thinks New York should put the franchise tag on Collins ... and trade him to the Chiefs for linebacker Dee Ford. On Monday, the Chiefs put their franchise tag on Ford.
However, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted Tuesday: “The #Giants have now informed S Landon Collins that he won’t be franchise tagged, putting a top player on the free agent market, sources say.”
Even if the Chiefs didn’t acquire Collins via a trade, Dunleavy’s explanation for why Collins would make sense in Kansas City still holds up because the Chiefs could sign him as a free agent.
“The Chiefs expressed trade interest in Collins before the in-season deadline in October but the Giants decided not to move him,” Dunleavy wrote. “The decision not to acquire a mid-round draft pick for Collins if the plan was not to engage in extension talks is head-scratching considering the Giants never were in the playoff hunt last season.
“Collins would fill one of the major holes for the Chiefs and allow future Hall of Famer Eric Berry to play more of a coverage role while Collins is the run-stopping strong safety.”
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