While many were shocked when the Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, former teammate and safety Landon Collins saw it coming.
The two, who played together for four seasons after Collins was selected 33rd overall in the second round of the 2015 draft, became close. But Collins noticed a rift between the franchise and its star wideout.
“Was I shocked with Odell? No, honestly not,” Collins said, via NJ Advance Media. “They felt like he was a problem the whole time. Ever since Odell stepped into the league with them, they felt like he was a problem, I felt like from the outside.”
This past season Giants president and co-owner John Mara said he wished Beckham would “do a little more playing and a little less talking.”
But after the Browns acquired Beckham in a trade centered around right guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers in March, Mara said he liked Beckham “very much” and that he recognized “the unique talent that [Beckham] has.”
Mara went as far to say the organization has never taken a negative position regarding Beckham.
“I never said that to you and I’ve never said that to anybody else,” Mara said in March. “We’ve never taken that position about him. I just said that he was a good guy, he’s somebody we liked very much, that we embraced.
“Did he bring extra issues into the building from time to time? Yes, he did, but I thought they were manageable ones, particularly given the talent.”
While Mara has both criticized and praised the three-time Pro Bowl player, Collins — who joined the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent this offseason — said the locker room has always enjoyed Beckham’s presence.
“We loved him,” Collins said. “Odell is my brother. He is not that kind of guy, or what people think he is about or what the organization did. I don’t know why.”