Landon Collins didn’t leave New York by choice.
Speaking Thursday on on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” the Redskins safety opened up about his exit from the Giants and revealed he would have liked to have finished his NFL career with the team that drafted him.
“It hit me pretty tough, honestly,” Collins said. “I thought I was always going to be a Giant. I made it known to the media and the fans. I wanted to be a Giant since I was drafted there, wanted to be one of those Michael Strahans, those guys who finished their years out there. Things didn’t turn out that way.”
Despite his unwanted departure, Collins is looking forward to facing his old team during the regular season.
“Appreciate you fans and all the love,” Collins said. “Honestly, it’s been a great journey over there. Sorry, I’m with the Redskins, but, hey, y’all still get to see me twice a year. We gonna have fun.”
Collins was also asked about his thoughts on the Odell Beckham Jr. trade that sent the wide receiver to the Browns earlier this offseason, which led him to call out Giants general manager Dave Gettleman for his handling of the situation as he tried to change the team’s culture.
“Gettleman said things he wanted to say, you feel me,” Collins said. “He said he wasn’t going to trade the man, then he traded him. We was all surprised because that’s one of the best receivers in the game and for him to do that and lie to everybody, it’s not a good look for players and teammates.”
It’s not the first time Gettleman has been criticized by a player, as retired Panthers and Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith and retired Panthers and Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams have also been critical of the former Carolina GM.