Landon Collins says his head is “still up in the sky right now” after landing the long-term deal the Giants wouldn’t give him as a free agent.
The three-time Pro Bowl safety — signed by the Redskins this week to a six-year, $84 million contract — laughed for several seconds in an interview Thursday with the NFL Network when asked if he’s looking forward to facing the Giants twice each season in the NFC East.
“It’s gonna be awesome, I ain’t gonna lie to you. It’s gonna be definitely awesome,” Collins said. “And then I get to prove a point why they should’ve at least tagged me.
“At the end of the day, it all worked out for the best. They got more picks, they get more opportunity to make their team the way they want to make it. And I got the opportunity to sign a big contract, to be on a team that I’ve dreamed of always being on and get to play in this burgundy and gold.”
The Giants declined to tender a franchise-tag offer on Collins to maintain his rights for this season, making him a free agent. They also moved star wide receiver Odell Beckham in a blockbuster trade with Cleveland.
“Honestly, I kind of expected it,” Collins said. “Like I said, I think they got a different vision, they’re going a different way, a different opportunity, and they’re gonna take it and run with it.
“They got plenty of guys I think they’re gonna make stars, eventually, with more years, down the line. And they’re gonna make it happen sooner or later. But I’m over here with the Redskins, and I’m gonna try to make sure that I keep that future of theirs that they want down as much as possible.”
Collins wore No.21 with the Giants as a tribute to fellow safety Sean Taylor, who was murdered by intruders at his Florida home in 2007.
“Oh man, it’s an honor, it’s a blessing, it’s a dream come true,” Collins said. “I was looking at it when my agents called me and said the Redskins (were interested), and I was like, ‘I’m all for it. Why not?’ My guy played there. I get to play on the same field, at the same stadium, each and every Sunday. It honestly was an emotional time for me, and it’s still emotional for me. It’s a blessing.”