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The window for the New York Giants to place the franchise tag on safety Landon Collins has closed. Despite holding Collins in high regard, the Giants felt the tag value of just over $11 million for a safety was too much and now the four-year veteran is on the open market.
Collins, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one-time All-Pro selection, should have a number of offers. Let's take a look at what the four most likely destinations for Collins could be.
4. Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have been associated with just about every big-name defensive free-agent and draft prospect this year and with good reason. They have a lot of holes on the defensive side of the ball.
Coach Jon Gruden must solidify his defensive unit this offseason. He will likely use a first-round draft pick to plug a hole on the interior and edge of the defensive line. If the Raiders do end up selecting Quinnen Williams or Oshane Ximines, bringing in a Pro Bowler to help groom their young talent would make a lot of sense.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
While adding a safety isn’t a glaring need for the Eagles, there could be some serious interest in Philly for Collins. The Eagles have safety Rodney McLeod on the roster, who has been solid for them, but over the last two seasons, McLeod has only played 17 games. When a player like Landon Collins becomes available, a win-now team like Philadelphia could be tempted.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have invested a lot of draft assets on the defensive side of the ball in recent years, using three first-round picks on their defensive line in the last four drafts. 2017 No. 3 overall pick Solomon Thomas regressed across the board last season, recording just one sack and three tackles for a loss. San Francisco, which has the No. 2 overall pick this NFL Draft, is reportedly interested in Ohio State standout Nick Bosa.
If the 49ers add Bosa in the draft and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returns to form this season, the addition of Landon Collins could put the 49ers back in the playoff picture in 2019.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers made waves this offseason by bringing in veteran coach Bruce Arians to try and right the ship. Tampa Bay has invested a ton in its defensive line in recent offseasons with the additions of Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry and Vita Vea. It hasn't seen a ton of return, however, finishing 31st in points allowed per game in 2018, surrendering 29 points per contest.
Adding a proven star like Collins on the back end could help take some pressure off of the Buccaneers defensive line and help add to the culture Arians wants to build in his first year in Tampa.
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