The New York Giants are in flux. They are changing both their roster and their culture at a breakneck pace. Most fans are having a difficult time keeping up with all the comings and goings, but a lot of the players who have been caught up in these changes are still stinging from the team’s decision to part ways with them.
None so more than Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, who can’t seem to stop sideswiping the Giants for allowing him to walk away in free agency.
Collins signed a six-year, $84 million deal with the rival Washington Redskins in March, of which $26 million is guaranteed. That’s a heckuva lot more than the Giants could have — or would have — given him.
So, why is Collins so upset? Two reasons. The Giants simply allowed him to leave without so much as saying goodbye. No fuss, no fanfare, no six-foot hero sandwich. Nothing. He says general manager Dave Gettleman said nothing to him as his contract ran out.
“I wish say something. Try to,” Collins said earlier this week. “I mean, he had come around, shake your hand, say, ‘Good job, big fella,’ or something like that. But honestly, talking to him, or saying anything, having a full conversation or anything with him, nothing. I mean, he basically … I don’t know him, he don’t know me, that’s kind of how it just kind of was.”
The other reason is Collins is down in Washington, who are 50-1 to win the NFC Championship while his old team, the Giants, are 25-1. The Giants and Redskins are the scheduled to be the bottom feeders in the NFC East this year as they look to break in rookie quarterbacks, but a big part of Collins wishes he was still here.
“It hit me pretty tough, honestly,” Collins said this week on the NFL Network. “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.”
The Giants have turned the page. They even assigned his old uniform number (21) to his replacement, Jabrill Peppers. It’s time for Collins to turn the page as well.