The New York Giants are letting three-time Pro

EAST RUTHERFORD , N.J. (AP) — Bowl safety Landon Collins test the free-agent market without any restrictions.The Giants on Tuesday elected not to put a franchise tag on their leading tackler in each of his four seasons with the team.The NFL announced later in the afternoon six players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players. Collins was not on the list.Teams can begin signing free agents at 4 p.m. EDT on March 13, a week from Wednesday.In a tweet, Collins thanked the organization for four “great years” and said he was looking forward to the next chapter of his football career.Collins’ tweet came less than three hours before the NFL deadline for teams to put a franchise tag on an unrestricted free agent. The tag would have cost the Giants $11.15 million against their 2019 salary cap and general manager Dave Gettleman gave indications at the NFL combine last week that the price was steep.“I want to thank the Giants organization for believing in me and allowing me to have 4 great years in NY,” Collins tweeted. “I can’t express how great it was to play with my teammates and in one of the greatest cities in the world. I will forever cherish my time in the blue and white and the relationships I have built in the building and in my community. Now on to the next chapter….”The remaining Giants safeties are not playmakers like Collins. Veteran Michael Thomas and Sean Chandler are the top guys at the position, so the team may look to sign a free agent or draft a safety.After the opening day of the 2015 draft, the Giants traded up to get Collins with the first pick in the second round. In return Trace McSorley Jersey , New York gave Tennessee its second round pick (the eighth in the round), along with fourth and seven-round choices.It turned out to be a smart move by then-general manager Jerry Reese, well worth the $6.12 million the team paid him for four seasons.Collins was outstanding in his four seasons, leading the club with 112, 125, 104 and 96 tackles. The lowest number was this past season when the former Alabama star suffered a partially torn labrum against Chicago that required surgery. He to missed the final four games.Collins also had surgery after the 2017 season to repair a broken right forearm sustained in the penultimate game.The 25-year-old Collins started 59 games with the Giants and had 437 tackles Kyler Murray Jersey , four sacks and eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He was also a leader in the locker room.His best season was 2016 when the Giants went to the playoffs for the only time since winning the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. He returned to his natural strong safety spot after a year as the free safety and had 125 tackles and five interceptions, earning All-Pro honors. The only people who shouldn't have the New England Patriots atop Week 11 NFL power rankings are those who didn't have the Patriots at No. 1 a week ago. New England was on the Bye in Week 10, and that the Patriots didn't take the field over the weekend is no reason to drop them in such lists. Quarterback Tom Brady has found his groove after a slow start to the campaign, and he and his teammates had an extra week to celebrate the fact that they are the best team in the AFC halfway through the year.What is the biggest NFL news following the second weekend of November? The Cleveland Browns – yes, those Cleveland Browns – are alone in first place in the AFC North for the first time in nearly two decades. Brian Hoyer may not be a star quarterback who produces spectacular statistics , but he is playing well enough to lead the Browns to wins. The Cleveland defense has found its form, and the Browns should, barring unforeseeable setbacks, compete for a playoff spot up through the holiday season.The scariest team may very well be the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay has thus far gone perfect at home, and Aaron Rodgers is posting numbers worthy of Most Valuable Player honors. The Detroit Lions currently sit atop the NFC North standings, but that could change over the next several weeks if the Lions are unable to avoid a late-season collapse. Nobody wants to go to Lambeau Field and take on Rodgers and the Packers right now.Meanwhile Andy Isabella Jersey , the Chicago Bears have become the anti-Packers as of late. Quarterback Jay Cutler is not earning the massive pay raise he received from the club, and both Brady and Rodgers have torched a Chicago defense that has, at times, seemed to phone-in games. There are whispers that the Bears, the New York Jets and the New York Giants will all be looking for new head coaches come January. None of those look like desirable gigs this fall, as each of those teams have glaring holes on their rosters.