Former New York Giants safety Landon Collins dishes on why he wasn’t surprised about the Odell Beckham Jr. trade that shocked the NFL world.
The New York Giants—and more specifically general manager Dave Gettleman—made it clear that they want the franchise to move in a new direction. The departures of Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins were proof that the organization wanted a major change.
While the Giants simply let Collins walk in free agency, they traded Beckham to the Cleveland Browns to the surprise of many. However, Collins was not surprised by the trade in the slightest.
“Was I shocked with Odell? No, honestly, not,” Collins told Ryan Dunleavy of 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.”
Through various reports, it’s quite clear that the Giants felt that Beckham was a problem in the locker room. Gettleman felt that the team didn’t need any distractions, perceived or otherwise.
Judging from Collins’ reaction to the trade, the team knew how the organization felt about OBJ. That being said, Collins feels that the characterization of Beckham as a problem is unfair.
“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.”
OBJ is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and there’s no denying it. The Giants took a big risk in trading Beckham and Gettleman better hope it pays off.