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Now that the Giants have officially declined to use the franchise tag on safety Landon Collins, according to a source, they will surely have lots of excuses for why they didn't. And like it or not, they have many ways to justify why the decision made sense to them.
But there is one part of this the Giants can't explain away so easily: Why, if Collins wasn't part of their future, didn't they trade him when they had the chance?
That is a mystery and some seemingly faulty planning, because they absolutely had the chance to trade the 25-year-old- at the trading deadline back in late October. Multiple NFL sources told SNY back then that several teams - most notably the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - were pursuing Collins. One source indicated one of the offers for Collins was a third-round pick in this draft. But the Giants were holding out for a second and possibly another low-round pick next year, an NFL source said.