Patient Collins Says The Right Things

Quarterback Kerry Collins is keeping his cool about contract negotiations. He says the Giants want him back, and he wants to retire as a New York Giant. If Collins is going to return and lead the team, it has to be in a catagory other than fumbles...

QB Kerry Collins wants to stay with the New York Giants, and even went as far as to say he wants to retire as a Giant. Collins is keeping his cool, and while his contract expires at the end of the 2002 season, he's confident a deal will get done.

According to the New York Post, Collins was quoted as saying "I want to be here. That's the bottom line. I don't care if it happens this year or after next year or whenever. They've reiterated that they want me as their quarterback, and this is where I want to finish my career." .

GM Ernie Accorsi was unable to get an extension done with Collins' agent before March 1.

It's been reported that the Giants want to let both Collins and DE Michael Strahan play out their current contracts and see how they perform before considering a huge $$$ commitment.

Collins set a league record in 2001 with 23 fumbles, but also set a team record with 327 completions, throwing for a career-high 3,764 yards.

According to the Star-Ledger, Collins isn't worried about the contract, and head coach Jim Fassel is glad to hear it.

"He's ready to go to work," Fassel said. "He's challenged by it, and I'm challenged to make him a better quarterback.".

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