That’s how Landon Collins felt when the Giants didn’t want him back this offseason. He had become a mainstay on the Giants’ defense, a hard-hitting safety that led the team in tackles for the four seasons he wore the blue and white.
But that will change in 2019 when he wears a division rival’s colors in the Redskins, who signed the Pro Bowler to a lucrative six-year, $84 million deal. While Collins accepts the new threads he’ll don this season, he does admit it was hard to let go from the franchise that drafted him with the first pick of the second round back in 2015.
“When I left the Giants, I was kind of heartbroken,” Collins told NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy. “I loved the Giants. When I started there, I wanted to finish there.”
“I wanted to be one of those guys to finish his career on one team. They didn’t give me the opportunity to do that. It’s a business. I can’t do anything about that.”
After the Giants hammered out the Odell Beckham Jr. contract extension, it looked like Collins was next on the list. But there was never any talks that took place. Instead, Collins name was thrown around the trade market as the deadline approached. The Giants did keep him through the end of the season, as Eli Apple and Damon “Snacks” Harrison were the casualties.
That doesn’t make the fact that they never made him an offer any consolation.
“They never made an offer,” Collins said. “I knew when they were about to trade me how it was going to go. Very, very eye-opening.”
So the Giants truly let Collins walk into free agency, which makes their move to not trade him that much worse. If Collins wasn’t a part of the team’s future, the Giants should have made a deal to get something in return.
Instead, Collins finds himself still in the NFC East with a vendetta to remind the Giants twice a year why it was a mistake to let him go.
“I’ve got a lot of motivation for the next six years,” he said.