Jonathan Casillas
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Retired linebacker Jonathan Casillas believes the New York Giants are trying to build their own identity and culture with offseason moves.

The New York Giants are clearly trying to change the overall vibe around the organization. They’ve made numerous moves this offseason, ones that include trading away Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon along with not bringing back Landon Collins.

Because of this, it’s evident that a change in culture is what general manager Dave Gettleman wants to bring about. Fans believe this is the current direction, and so does former Big Blue linebacker Jonathan Casillas.

“They are trying to establish their own identity and their own culture,” Casillas told Ryan Dunleavy of “That’s the whole reason they got rid of Odell. Odell is a culture in itself.

“I don’t know if they are making the best business decisions for the team. To get nothing for Landon, that’s tough. Washington paid him the most money a safety has ever been paid. I’m pretty sure the Giants could’ve made something off of that. But I’m neither here or there now. Hindsight is always 20/20.”

The now-retired linebacker spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccanneers, New England Patriots and then finished his career in East Rutherford with the Giants.

He does keep up with Big Blue, however, saying he wants to make sure he represents them “correctly.”

Many have criticized the Giants this offseason for their selection of quarterback Daniel Jones. The rookie from Duke will now be Eli Manning‘s successor for whenever he calls it quits. Despite the doubters, Casillas is hopeful the Jones pick turns out to be the correct one.

“I hope they made a good decision with Daniel Jones at No. 6 because if they didn’t that move will come back to haunt the franchise, especially with (Dwayne) Haskins in Washington when they had a chance to get him,” Casillas said.

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