Landon Collins
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Now-former New York Giants safety Landon Collins wanted to be a part of Big Blue for his entire career, despite signing with the Redskins.

For the four years Landon Collins played the strong safety position for the New York Giants, his talent was unmatched. He was a First-Team All-Pro in 2016 and made the Pro Bowl three times from 2016-2018. Collins was the undoubted leader of the Giants defense during his time in New York.

But now Collins is a Washington Redskin after the Giants opted not to franchise tag the veteran defensive back. Despite signing a six-year, $84 million deal in early March, Collins still wanted to be with the Giants organization. He mentioned this week how he wanted to be part of Big Blue for his entire playing career.

“It hit me pretty tough, honestly,” Collins said on 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.”

Collins will now be joining a defensive backfield that includes Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman.

As for the Giants, it seems like they’re very invested into the rebuild of their secondary. They went out and traded for safety Jabrill Peppers, signed safety Antoine Bethea, and drafted corners DeAndre Baker and Julian Love. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins will be the only returning starter for the Big Blue defensive backs. ‘

The starting safeties will most likely be Peppers and Bethea. It’s still undetermined who will be in that weak-side corner spot. Baker, Love and second-year corner Sam Beal will be competing for the job.

It’ll probably end up being the most interesting position competition for Big Blue going into the regular season.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.