Giants lose 28-27 00:01:02
The Giants couldn't stage a last-minute comeback and fell to the Colts 28-27. Head Coach Pat Shurmur reacts to the loss.

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Eli Manning had a chance for some late-game magic, when he had 55 seconds to play, and all he had to do was get the Giants into field-goal range. Instead, he threw a game-sealing interception on an ill-advised pass over the middle.

But don't blame this 28-27 loss in Indianapolis on him.

That was a bad decision and spoiled an otherwise good day for the much-maligned Giants quarterback, but it shouldn't detract from the way the Giants' defense has completely fallen apart. They offered almost no resistance to the Colts in the fourth quarter when they marched half a field to score a go-ahead touchdown with 55 seconds remaining.

In fact, they offered no resistance at all in the second half. Not counting when they took a knee at the end of the game, the Colts scored touchdowns on three of their four second-half drives and four of their last six drives overall going back to midway through the second quarter. And remember, on the drive before that, Colts QB Andrew Luck tried to throw the ball away and was picked off by safety Curtis Riley in the end zone.

So really, it's like the Giants stopped being more than a low speed bump for the Colts after the first quarter ended.

That's not unusual or a surprise, especially since linebacker Alec Ogletree missed this game with a concussion. This Giants defense has been disappointing all season long, and with a non-existent pass rush there was no way they were going to stop Luck. The sad part for the Giants is that all they needed was one stop somewhere to win this game. Manning was playing well, so they certainly had a chance.

Yes, Manning made the play that blew the game in the end. But the defense deserves the blame for putting him in that position and leading the Giants to their 10th loss.

Here are five other takeaways from the Giants' loss to the Colts:

1. It's time to get back on the Manning bandwagon … Maybe?

First he's done. Then he's not. Then he's done again. Now? This was a good game for anyone who has argued that Manning still has ability at age almost-38. He finished 25-of-33 for 309 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He had some fantastic throws, including a 55-yarder to Sterling Shepard, and he made real good use of tight end Evan Engram, who had one of his finest days of the season.

Remember, he's doing that without Odell Beckham Jr., which means his secondary receivers are Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer. And he did it on a day when the Colts did a pretty good job of holding super-rookie Saquon Barkley in check. Sure, the last pass was ill-advised since the Giants just needed to get into field goal range. Presumably, Manning didn't call the play, though, so that was a bit of an aggressive play call.

Are there many other quarterbacks who could have done better in that situation, with those weapons? Maybe. But a lot of quarterbacks who will be available to the Giants next season? No way.

2. It's still hard to believe Olivier Vernon was a first alternate for the Pro Bowl.

Vernon did have two quarterback hits in this game and a strip-sack that was nullified by a penalty. But he's not exactly a consistent force anymore. And really, it's not fair to single him out. The Giants' pass rush just simply isn't there. They sacked Luck once. They did hit him seven times, but a lot of that is because he had far too much time to extend plays and run around.

Because of that, receivers have little trouble getting open against the Giants' depleted secondary. Luck completed 31 of 47 passes for 357 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. There were times it looked like he was running a 7-on-7 drill.

3. Shepard finally showed what he's capable of doing.

In two games without Beckham, Shepard was just terrible. He caught four passes for 54 yards in those games. Last week against Tennessee, he caught two passes despite being targeted nine times. What he was proving was he wasn't capable of being the No. 1 receiver or thriving when all the defensive attention was on him.

On Sunday, he showed the opposite, catching six passes for 113 yards. Shepard is still the Giants' second option when Beckham is healthy, but he only has one year left on his contract and will have to prove he's more than just an average possession receiver if he wants a new deal from the Giants.

4. Engram showed a little something, too … again.

Engram had another huge game, catching six passes for 87 yards. That gives him 14 catches for 162 yards in the last two games. That's amazing, considering that from Weeks 2 through 14, Engram had caught only 17 passes for 249 yards and missed five games with injuries.

The last two weeks, he's been an actual weapon, taking advantage of mismatches and using his 4.5 speed to get open. Giants coach Pat Shurmur has been very clear he thinks Engram has value in his offense, but until the last two weeks that hasn't been apparent. With Beckham out, maybe the Giants are beginning to develop the other weapons they thought they always had.

5. This team plays hard for Shurmur, and that pleases the Giants' brass.

It's not much of a consolation prize, but it's the kind of thing the bosses look for in a lost season. This team could've given up at 1-7. They're 3-3 since, which isn't great, but they've been in most of those games and they just took a playoff-caliber, legitimately good Colts team to the wire.

Shurmur scoffed when I asked him on Friday if he's ever seen players give less of an effort after their team has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. He said he's never seen that at all. Maybe that's true, but if so he's not looking. The Giants had plenty of players who quit during their 3-13 disaster last season. Look around the league, there were plenty of players making "business decisions" on Sunday for out-of-it teams, rather than make a tough tackle or fight for an extra yard.

So credit the Giants whether Shurmur wants it or not. They were eliminated last week. Then they went on the road this week and there was no sign of a letdown at all. Draft position might be far more important to the future of the franchise at this point, but fighting hard and trying to win really does still matter, too.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Indianapolis Colts, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dave Gettleman was absolutely right when he lamented the fact we're living in an "instant gratification world" during his conference call on Monday. There's a rush to judge everything, a demand for an immediate payoff. Everyone wants to be first with a knee-jerk reaction or a juvenile social media take.

And so it was with the Giants' trade of Odell Beckham Jr. and, really, their entire offseason. Gettleman didn't get nearly enough for his star, some screamed. He has no plan, yelled others. Tweet by tweet, it was clear the world of keyboard warriors believed he didn't have a clue.

Tags: B.J. Hill, Cleveland Browns, Dalvin Tomlinson, Eli Apple, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

While Giants GM Dave Gettleman will not divulge much on what his plan is, he sounds as if he is ready to take a quarterback in the draft this April. 

After addressing reporters via conference call earlier in the day, Gettleman went on WFAN with Mike Francesa where he was asked about whether or not he still wants to find the future quarterback of the franchise. 

"Obviously we have to address it," Gettleman said. "I'd be a real clown not to admit it."

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Landon Collins isn't the only former Giants player to join the division rival Redskins.

Former Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with Washington, according to Pro Football Talk.

Flowers, the former first-round bust, joined the Jacksonville Jaguars last October after the Giants cut him midway through the 2018 season.

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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Dave Gettleman has made a series of head-scratching moves that sometimes seem to contradict each other. Meanwhile, a fan base already angered by nearly a decade of failure, gets whiplash trying to figure him out.

So what is Gettleman doing? Apparently only Gettleman knows. To the media and to the paying customers, he said on Monday that it's none of our business.

He's wants everyone to trust the process. He wants everyone to trust him

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Gettleman on Odell Beckham trade 00:01:53
New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman gives his first public comments on why the team decided to trade away star receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr.

The Giants' decision to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for safety Jabrill Peppers and a first and third-round pick was "purely a football decision."

At least that is how GM Dave Gettleman is justifying it. 

The Giants GM addressed the trade that shocked the NFL last week on a conference call with reporters on Monday and insisted that the reason for making the deal was because they received an offer that was just too good to pass up. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has had enough of people criticizing Eli Manning.

During a conference call on Monday, Gettleman launched a staunch defense of Manning, who will receive his $5 million roster bonus on Monday.

"This narrative that Eli's overpaid and can't play is a crock," Gettleman said.

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The Giants are rounding out their receiving corps in the wake of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. 

The team re-signed Cody Latimer, the wide receiver announced on Twitter Sunday night. 

"Back for seconds!!!. Let's go big blue!!! Ready to get back to work with the squad!!! Time to finish what I started last season," he tweeted. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

By the end of the 2019 season, Eli Manning will have been paid more than any player in NFL history. And he's about to get $5 million closer to his goal.

The Giants' 38-year-old quarterback will, as expected, get his $5 million roster bonus - yet another signal that Manning will be the Giants' starting quarterback this year. According to his contract, he is due the bonus if he's on the roster by the end of the fifth day of the league year.

Technically, Sunday is five days after the start of the new league year, but Manning's bonus will kick in on Monday, according to an NFL source.

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Nov 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks off the field after warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks off the field after warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Jerry Jones is head over heels that Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer in the NFC East. 

The Cowboys owner joined Fox Sports 1 on Saturday night before the Errol Spence-Mikey Garcia fight at AT&T Stadium in Dallas when he was asked about the Giants' trade of Beckham to the Browns by analyst and Cleveland native Shawn Porter. 

"We took a fantastic wide receiver out of your division," Porter said. "How do you feel about that?"

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) stands next to general manager Dave Gettleman during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) stands next to general manager Dave Gettleman during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Dave Gettleman has made it clear he wants to find the Giants' Quarterback of the Future, and he seems intent on doing it sooner than later.

But don't be so sure that he'll do it in the draft this year.

Despite the fact that the Giants have two first-round picks, and are in good position at No. 6 to take one of the first quarterbacks available, multiple NFL sources caution that the Giants seem to have other things in mind. They are looking into all the first-round quarterbacks, and taking one is definitely a possibility, a team source said.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars with offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars with offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants were 5-11 last year and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, and now the consensus seems to be that things will only get worse. There's little hope outside the Meadowlands after GM Dave Gettleman tossed Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon away.

Yet Gettleman still thinks he can build a winner this season. Even new receiver Golden Tate insisted "I don't think we're as far off as people may think." Pat Shurmur has pointed to the 12 games the Giants played last season which were decided by a touchdown or less, including eight they lost, as a sign that it's a short leap to competitive football.

Are they all delusional? Or is there really a chance the Giants could be … good?

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Russell Wilson joined the Yankees on Friday in Tampa as a "minor leaguer," but the topic of conversation remained focused on football. 

Particularly New York Giants football. 

The Giants' traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns last week -- a move that surprised many around the league, including the Seahawks quarterback. 

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Dec 10, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 10, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Giants have added yet another former Cardinal who played in James Bettcher's defense.

On Friday, the team announced it signed defensive tackle Olsen Pierre, who went undrafted in 2015 and didn't appear in an NFL game until 2017. He had 30 tackles, 5.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss and nine QB hits across 14 games during that 2017 season when Bettcher was Arizona's defensive coordinator. Pierre had 12 tackles in 10 appearances last season.

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Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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Just 15 months ago, the Giants hired Dave Gettleman to fix the franchise. He earned praise for a series of early housecleaning moves. He seemed tough and honest, and it looked like he had a handle on the franchise's biggest problems.

Now, suddenly, his new title is "embattled GM".

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (AP)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (AP)

Another former Giants defensive back is heading to D.C. 

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is coming out of retirement to join Landon Collins with the Washington Redskins. 

Rodgers-Cromartie posted a picture of himself signing with the Redskins on Instagram, although the terms of the deal remain unclear. 

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Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Giants are meeting with offensive lineman Mike Remmers on Friday and it is possible he could be the final piece of Big Blue's o-line puzzle. 

After trading for Kevin Zeitler, the Giants have shored up the entire offensive line with the exception of right tackle, which currently belongs to Chad Wheeler

Here is what you need to know about the 29-year-old, six-year veteran, Remmers:

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Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

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The Giants have made far more headlines from the players they've lost than the players they've gained in free agency so far, whether it was from signings or trades. They entered the market with many holes to fill.

And even after signing receiver Golden Tate and edge rusher Markus Golden on Thursday night, they still have a bunch more to fill.

Unfortunately for them, they don't have a lot of salary cap space to spend. But there are still a few players left on the market who could be a fit:

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Giants add veteran Golden Tate 00:00:45
New York Giants add veteran receiver Golden Tate on a 4-year, $37.5 million dollar deal. NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses the signing.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Buried at the bottom of the Giants' press release announcing the big Odell Beckham Jr. trade on Wednesday, was a quote from GM Dave Gettleman about his offseason plan.

"You can win while you build a roster," he said.

And the deal he struck with receiver Golden Tate on Thursday is proof he's going to try.

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Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden (44) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden (44) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

After making the splash of signing WR Golden Tate on Thursday night, the Giants switched to defense and signed OLB Markus Golden to a one-year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

The Giants were in the market for an edge rusher after the Olivier Vernon trade to the Browns, and they're banking on Golden to be an immediate impact player in his place. He will be playing on a prove-it deal as his recent seasons warrant.

Golden was a former second-round choice by the Cardinals back in 2015, and he totaled four sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and 30 combined tackles in 15 games that year. It was in 2016, though, that he broke out with 12.5 sacks, 51 combined tackles, and 22 quarterback hits...

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The Giants have already found a receiver to take Odell Beckham Jr.'s place, as veteran WR Golden Tate has agreed to a four-year deal with Big Blue. CAA Football, who Tate is represented by, made the deal official with a Twitter announcement.

Tate's deal is worth $37.5 million over the four years, with $23 million in guaranteed money, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. Coming out to $9.375 million per season, that is slightly lower than Spotrac's market value for Tate at $10.2 million.

It was just yesterday that the Giants' shocking trade to send Beckham to the Browns was made official, but GM Dave Gettleman wasted no time finding his immediate replacement. He brings in a nine-year veteran with reliable hands, and the ability to run any route on the field...

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) adjusts his helmet during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) adjusts his helmet during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Since the Giants made the shocking deal to send Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, there have been mixed reviews from New York fans and NFL fans around the world. 

On one side, fans are upset to see Beckham -- arguably a Top 10 player in the league -- off the Giants. But there are also the fans that are saying good riddance to No. 13, who they believe was a cancer to the team. 

Well, Beckham made sure to clarify the latter theory on Twitter with a little sarcasm...

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Giants let Landon Collins walk, and now they'll be facing a motivated three-time Pro Bowler twice each season through 2024.

Collins, who signed a six-year deal with the Redskins -- with $45 million guaranteed -- talked Thursday about facing his former team.

"Yes the game is circled on my calendar," Collins said during a radio appearance on 106.7 in Washington, D.C. 

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With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, the Giants are in need of help at wide receiver, and they have reached out to one potential replacement, reports Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News

According to Leonard, the Giants have reached out to the representatives for free agent WR Chris Hogan, who has spent the last three seasosn with the Patriots after spending the first four years of his career with the Bills.

The 30-year-old Hogan -- who has gotten a lot of work in the slot but is more versatile than that -- had 35 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns last season while playing 15 games.

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After brief comments on Wednesday, former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was in full reflection mode on Thursday morning -- the day after his shocking trade to the Browns became official.

"So many mixed emotions and feelings," Beckham captioned his post on Instagram. "This is all, a lot to process but it is reality. I don't kno exactly what to say so just gotta keep it real and short. I want to thank the NY giants organization for giving me an opportunity to do what God put me on this earth to do , I want to thank the organization and the owners for everything and especially giving me my first chance to be a part of the NFL. I want thank everyone in that building from the kitchen staff to my main man Jośe! I loved you guys dearly and always will. I gave u my all every Sunday. To the fans, some happy , some not, I just wanna thank u guys for making my experience in NY SOMETHIN ILL NEVER FORGET! To the New Yorkers and REAL NYG fans... you guys will always have a place in my heart, a beautiful city .. a beautiful place Thank You for every last moment and experience. Without them, I wouldn't be exactly who I am today ! LUV"

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Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) embraces New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) after the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins won, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) embraces New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) after the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins won, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As the shock and disbelief of the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. trade to the Browns wears off, it is time to dissect whether or not they got a good enough haul in return. 

The Giants gave up a top-3 wide receiver in his prime for a first and third-round pick plus a young safety in Jabrill Peppers.

While Beckham may have been a headache for some within the organization, was that enough of a return for a star wide receiver?

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Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon are officially Cleveland Browns, as the Giants' trades were made official when the new league year kicked off at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman released an official statement about the trades by first wishing both former Giants nothing but the best as the move on with their careers. 

"The New York Football Giants would like to thank Odell Beckham, Jr. for his contributions," Gettleman said. "We truly wish him well in Cleveland, and we want to wish OV the best and nothing but success for both of them."

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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) talk during the pregame warmups for their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) talk during the pregame warmups for their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

It is far from unprecedented that teams give up on talented players because of their personalities. 

This is often the case with wide receivers, who many carry a "diva" label, and apparently that was a major factor in why the Giants dealt Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns on Tuesday. 

Beckham often acted foolish at times on and off the field and a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that the Giants thought Beckham was a "pain in the ass" and that the team wanted to move on from him before it became worse. 

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) reacts after the offense was unable to convert a third down in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) reacts after the offense was unable to convert a third down in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The biggest trade of the offseason has been made official, as the Browns announced former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is headed to Cleveland. 

News broke on Tuesday night that the Giants' front office decided to trade their star receiver to the Browns in exchange for the team's 2019 first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and second third-round pick (No. 95) as well as S Jabrill Peppers

Beckham, who SNY's Ralph Vacchiano heard from a source was "a little surprised" to hear from GM Dave Gettleman that the deal was done, wrote an official statement to the Browns website to show his excitement for this next chapter in his career. 

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Syndergaard becoming Browns fan? 00:01:22
See what New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had to say when asked about Odell Beckham Jr. being traded to the Cleveland Browns.

Noah Syndergaard saved his best fastball for after Wednesday's game.

The flame-thrower was asked following the Mets' 2-1 win against the Astros about his thoughts on the football Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

"He's special. I don't know what the Giants are doing. We'll find out," Syndergaard said.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Noah Syndergaard, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Not even the guy who created Game of Thrones could imagine such a thing so cruel. 

George R.R. Martin, author of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, is a New Jersey native a big Jets and Giants fan, but he was completely taken aback when the Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns in exchange for a first and third-round draft pick and safety Jabrill Peppers

Martin vented his frustrations in his blog on Wednesday. 

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Analyzing the Giants' rebuild 00:01:02
After trading Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants look to be in rebuilding mode, but what part of the team will GM Dave Gettleman address first?

The Giants are set to pay Eli Manning $16.5 million this season and his salary cap hit is a robust $23.2 million. That seems excessive for a 38-year-old quarterback of a team that's shedding its stars and is clearly rebuilding for the future.

But the Giants still plan to keep Manning for the 2019 season. And at the moment, it appears they'll be paying him all that money, too.

The stunning trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns on Tuesday did not alter any of those plans, multiple sources have told SNY. Manning is still expected to be the Giants' starting quarterback at the start of training camp, at the very least. And there is no indication at all that they'll attempt to cut his pay...

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The reactions on social media to the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland were fast, furious and hilarious, as we've come to expect. Here are 10 of the best memes about the Beckham deal.

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Draft Profile: QB Kyler Murray 00:00:46
Check out the highlights and the numbers from Oklahoma Sooners quarterback, Kyler Murray, heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.

QB Kyler Murray -- the potential No. 1 pick in the Draft -- is having his pro day on Wednesday, with the Giants sending a contingent to watch and then meet with him.

Among the Giants brass expected to be there, according to ESPN's Jordan RaananChris Mara and Pat Shurmur. Raanan adds that the plan is for the Giants to spend time with Murray Wednesday night.

One team that reportedly won't be in attendance is the Cardinals, which is notable since they have the top pick and have been heavily connected to Murray (while rumors have swirled about incumbent QB Josh Rosen).

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With one franchise-altering move, the Giants went from a team hoping to compete for a playoff spot in 2019 to a team that might not play another meaningful game until 2021.

And Vegas noticed.

After trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns for the No. 17 pick in the Draft, a third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers, the Giants' odds to win Super Bowl LIV dropped from 50/1 to 80/1.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants shook the NFL world and arguably set themselves back a few seasons Tuesday night when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

On Wednesday morning, Beckham -- who will be reunited with Jarvis Landry and be trading Eli Manning for Baker Mayfield, welcomed himself to the Browns.

Click below to see...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dave Gettleman was telling the truth when he said the Giants didn't sign Odell Beckham Jr. to trade him. John Mara believed the receiver was a transcendent star the franchise could market and build around. Pat Shurmur, perhaps his greatest champion in the building, had worked overtime to build a relationship with the man he thought would be the linchpin of his offense.

So what happened? How did everything go so wrong that the Giants were willing to ship Beckham away less than seven months after giving him a five-year, $90 million contract?

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The fallout from the Odell Beckham Jr. trade won't be clear until the Giants make their next move. It wasn't long ago they looked to be building around Beckham. Clearly they have now blown up that plan.

So what's next? How can the Giants replace him? And what does this mean for their present and future?

Here's a look at some of the ripple effects from one of the Giants' biggest deals in years:

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman absolutely hates the word "rebuild." Now, he has no choice but to use it.

No matter how the Giants' sell it in the coming days, that's what this franchise is undergoing right now, and likely for the foreseeable future. The stunning trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns all-but proves it. Gettleman, entering his second year as general manager, has now just about blown up whatever was left from the Jerry Reese era, and is rebuilding the Giants' from relative scratch. 

In the last few days alone he's jettisoned two of his best defensive playmakers. Now the departure of Beckham, one of the NFL's top receivers, leaves the Giants barren on offense too.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants' stunning trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns on Tuesday night dominated social media and, naturally, the back pages of the New York tabloids. 

Beckham has graced the back pages plenty of times before and he hits the tri-fecta on his way out of town with the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday all making the Beckham trade the back page. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Just before 8 p.m., news broke that the Giants had traded away their star receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns -- a blockbuster deal that sent shockwaves through the NFL. 

It is hard to wrap ones head around this deal considering Gettleman has repeatedly stated "We didn't sign Odell to trade him." But the Giants were always listening, and they found a trade package that they were comfortable agreeing upon. In turn, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano -- like the other reporters on the Giants beat -- started to do some digging on the ramifications of the deal and to see what else they could find. 

Here's what we know about how this all went down, according to Vacchiano...

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Giants trade Beckham to Browns 00:00:54
The New York Giants just traded WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Ralph Vacchiano and Marc Malusis discuss the deal and upcoming rebuild.

Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer a Giant. 

The Giants traded the star wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday in exchange for the Browns' first-round pick (No. 17 overall), their second third-round pick (No. 96 overall) this year, plus safety Jabrill Peppers, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

As part of the trade, Vacchiano reports that the Giants and Browns are also flipping back the picks they exchanged in the Olivier Vernon trade, with the Giants getting a fourth-round pick (No. 133) and Browns getting a fifth-round pick (No. 155).

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded to the Browns, and as one would expect, social media absolutely exploded after hearing about the biggest trade this offseason. 

The Giants traded away their star wide receiver in exchange for the Browns' No. 17 and No. 96 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft as well as S Jabrill Peppers. And one certain Browns player was more than happy to see the move made...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE REACTIONS

Tags: Jamal Adams, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers (22) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers (22) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants sent shockwaves across the NFL on Tuesday by trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns for a first and third round pick, plus safety Jabrill Peppers

Here is what you need to know about the newest Giant:

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Out with the young, in with the old? 

That is the case when it comes to the Giants' secondary this offseason. The team did not franchise tag former safety Landon Collins, who became a free agent and agreed to a six-year deal that could be worth $84 million ($45 million guaranteed) with the division-rival Redskins. 

On Tuesday, the Giants responded by signing veteran safety Antoine Bethea, who will be 35 when the 2019 season begins, to a two-year contract, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. The move helps assauge the loss of the 25-year-old Collins and adds experience to the back end of the defense. 

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Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

With free agency officially arriving Wednesday, the Giants are expected to be active on the market with several holes to fill on the roster. But on Tuesday, they shored up an important spot with a familiar face. 

Veteran long-snapper Zak DeOssie is set to re-sign with the Giants, according to the Daily News' Pat Leonard, keeping him with the only franchise he's known as a professional. 

The two-time Super Bowl winner has been with New York since the team drafted him in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Since the 2011 season, DeOssie has been a captain. 

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Nov 22, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Preston Smith (94) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Nov 22, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Preston Smith (94) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

NFL free agency is a day old and the Giants have yet to sign any external players. Meanwhile, some of their coveted targets are landing elsewhere.

The latest Giants target to wind up somewhere else is linebacker Preston Smith, who Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reported the Giants had "significant interest." 

Smith, 26, will be signing with the Packers, reports Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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The Giants didn't think safety Landon Collins was worth the price of the franchise tag, what seemed like a hefty $11.15 million for one year.

Turns out that wasn't so hefty at all.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Giants GM Dave Gettleman have a bitter history dating back to their days in Carolina.

After New York let Landon Collins walk and agree to a six-year, $84 million deal with the Redskins on Monday, Norman threw shade at Gettleman, who infamously rescinded the franchise tag on him prior to the 2016 season, by expressing his delight in seeing a top defender join one of Gettleman's NFC East rivals.

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Landon Collins is joining one of the Giants' NFC East rivals. 

The three-time Pro Bowl safety agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins for six years, $84 million with $45 million guaranteed, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. 

The Giants let Collins enter free agency after they declined to franchise tag him last week. 

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