When the New York Giants chose to let safety Landon Collins walk out the door without so much as a pause, it led to ire from his former teammates and fans alike.
For a team already thin at safety, the decision certainly was a curious one. But as it turns out, there may be a little more to the story.
While Collins was previously on record as saying he would not hold out if franchised, the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman knew that was not the case. And for the first time since signing with the Washington Redskins, Collins himself has admitted as much.
“No, I would not have played on it,” Collins said during an appearance on The Michael Kay Show.
Given that Gettleman and the Giants anticipated Collins holding out for a mega-deal, they simply decided to move on rather than deal with what they viewed as a distraction.
And for Collins, that came as no surprise whatsoever.
“Oh no, not at all. No,” Collins said when asked if he was surprised the team let him walk. “There was nothing being said throughout the whole season. And once that happens, you kind of get the that something is not going to happen. You’re not in the plans.”
Collins admits there was a moment after the 2018 trade where he believed maybe the Giants could bring him back, but once the offseason was full steam ahead, he knew it would be a parting of ways. And he expected a similar fate for Odell Beckham Jr.
“No, I wasn’t ,” Collins said. “Once you’re inside the building, you kind of know what’s going on and how it feels. . . When that happened, I wasn’t surprised at all. I was more surprised it was the Browns than another team.”
At the end of the day, despite the rebuild and the relationships it fractured, Collins still wishes the Giants well.
“I hope the best for them,” he concluded.