Landon Collins and the New York Giants are approaching a standoff, and the safety's coming contract dispute took center stage on Wednesday.
Collins, an impending free agent and likely franchise-tag candidate, reportedly "cleaned out his locker" at the Giants' facility on Wednesday, per ESPN. Multiple beat reporters refuted that Collins had cleaned out his locker or said goodbye to teammates in a way that would signal his imminent departure from the team.
In response to these conflicting reports, Collins tweeted, "The stuff in that locker that I have left I do not need."
The vagueness of Collins' reported actions and statements do not clarify what his future might be in New York or elsewhere.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the Giants are likely to place the franchise tag on Collins before the March 5 deadline. The safety however is unlikely to sign the tag right away and could sit out through the spring and summer as negotiations commence on a long-term deal, Garafolo reported.