http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1790040 wrote:Monday, April 26, 2004
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The New York Giants on Monday met with quarterback Kerry Collins to discuss his future with the team, which has been in doubt since the team acquired the rights to Eli Manning.
Collins met with Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi at Giants Stadium on Monday morning, at which time Collins reiterated he would not renegotiate his contract.
According to a Newsday report, Collins, 31, was informed he would be released in the next day or two. Collins' days as a Giant have appeared numbered since New York acquired the rights for Manning in a trade with the Chargers, who made the Mississippi quarterback the first pick in last weekend's draft.
Accorsi, however, denied to ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he told Collins he would be cut this week.
Accorsi confirmed he had met on Monday with Collins, the Giants' quarterback for the last five seasons, but said he told Collins he would meet with the coaching staff and the organization would have a decision on Collins' future within the next few days.
Accorsi did not rule out releasing Collins, but maintained in his interview with Mortensen that Collins was not told he'd be cut within the week.
"Obviously, I'm reflective about the past five years," Collins, 31, told Newsday after meeting with Accorsi. "It's been a great five years. At the same time, I'm looking forward to moving on."
Collins, scheduled to earn $7 million this season, attended a meeting and the team's offseason conditioning program Monday morning at Giants Stadium, at which time he was asked to meet with Accorsi in his office. Collins said he would not renegotiate his contract, and then left Giants Stadium around 10 a.m., according to Newsday's report.
Collins, who led the Giants to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV after the 2000 season, set franchise records in 2002 with 335 completions and 4,073 passing yards. But in 13 starts last season, he threw 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and completed 56.8 percent of his passes, his lowest since signing with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in February, 1999.
He'll find a home this season I'm sure.