Landon Collins
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Former New York Giants and current Washington Redskins safety Landon Collins wouldn’t say his prior team’s name in an interview.

One of the bigger decisions for the New York Giants this offseason was the choice to not franchise tag Landon Collins. The All-Pro safety thus tested free agency, eventually signing a six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins in March. Collins will now perform in a secondary that also includes All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.

In an interview this week with Chris Lingebach of 106.7 The Fan, Collins discussed disappointment due to landing on the injured reserve list the last two seasons. He missed the final game of the 2017 season with a broken forearm, and then missed the final four games of 2018 with a partially torn labrum.

In the process of speaking on his disappointment, Collins actually refused to say the same of his former team.

“I have something to play for, just within myself, because I haven’t finished the past two years,” Collins said.

“For that reason and just knowing what I can do, and the struggles I’ve been through with the other team I was on, I know I can be better.”

When asked by Lingebach if he intended to say it like that, Collins responded “It’s no point. It’s no point in saying their name.”

Is this shade from Collins? Maybe, maybe not. He’s understandably upset a franchise tag and eventual contract with Big Blue didn’t work out. Collins previously mentioned he wanted to be in New York his entire career.

The Giants are doing what they can to replace the three-time Pro Bowler. They traded for safety Jabrill Peppers this offseason and signed veteran Antoine Bethea as well. Not to mention, the Giants held visits for safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Tre Boston this week as well.

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