It appears that he has some animosity toward the team that made him a second-round pick in the 2015 draft — specifically the front office and general manager Dave Gettleman. Collins made some comments about his former GM that didn’t sit well with some people and forced the safety to issue an apology for his remarks.
Landon Collins’ Giants career
Landon Collins played in 59 games in his four years with the Giants, racking up a total of 428 tackles in that time, with 22 of them resulting in a loss of yardage.
He had four sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries, and he defended 32 passes and had 10 quarterback hits. Collins also intercepted eight passes in his tenure with the Giants, including a pick-6 in 2016.
Signing with the Redskins
As Landon Collins approached free agency last season, there was speculation about whether he would agree to a long-term extension with the team, which didn’t happen.
People thought the team would use the franchise tag on Collins to keep him for this season but that didn’t happen either. That resulted in Collins becoming an unrestricted free agent, and he ended up signing with another team in the NFC East. Collins signed a six-year, $84 million contract with the Redskins. The deal includes a $15 million signing bonus and $44.5 million guaranteed. It works out to an average annual salary of $14 million.
Questionable comments about Dave Gettleman
Landon Collins wasn’t happy that the Giants didn’t make much of an effort to re-sign him prior to him reaching free agency, and he hasn’t been shy to express his opinion about that.
While making an appearance on NFL Network, Collins said he would tell one of his coaches to throw the ball in Gettleman’s direction during pregame warmups so he could give the Giants executive “a nice little thud, a little run over.” When asked if he thought he would knock down Gettleman, Collins added that he doesn’t think Gettleman has “the skill level to stay on his feet.”
The league was expected to warn Collins not to make comments like that again in the future. Collins eventually walked back the harsh words, tweeting that he “wouldn’t try to hurt the man” and that people should learn when something is a joke or not.
Another star leaves the Giants
Collins wasn’t the only star to leave the Giants this offseason, as they traded their top wide receiver to an AFC contender. The Giants dealt Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns in exchange for S Jabrill Peppers and a first- and third-round pick in this year’s draft.
Beckham handled his departure better than Collins did, telling NFL Network shortly after the trade was announced that leaving the team that drafted him 12th overall was “bittersweet, but it is what it is. It’s life.” He went on to say that he didn’t know what to think and he was “trying to process it.”
Beckham likes being on the big stage and getting a lot of media attention, so he may not have liked the idea of leaving a team in the New York market to go to Cleveland. He later showed excitement toward going to a Browns team that is on the rise and could contend for one of the conference’s playoff spots as early as this season, especially after adding Beckham to the Baker Mayfield-led offense.