The football world couldn't believe their eyes this offseason when the Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Giants GM Dave Gettleman said on multiple occasions they "didn't sign him to trade him," but here they were getting Jabrill Peppers, the Browns' first-rounder, and a third-rounder in exchange for the dynamic wide receiver.
But while everyone tried to come to grips with the biggest move of the offseason, another former Giant in Landon Collins wasn't the least bit surprised Beckham and the Giants parted ways.
"Was I shocked with Odell? No, honestly, not," Collins told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "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."
There did seem to be some tension between the dynamic wideout and Giants brass on several occasions, like his peeing in the endzone celebration as well as the ESPN interview this past season where he seemed to throw Eli Manning under the bus. But with Collins saying he felt it began when they drafted him back in 2014 is very telling of how the players felt the situation was like.
Speaking of the players, Collins reiterated what others have said numerous time in that Beckham was different around the locker room when the cameras weren't rolling.
"We loved him," he 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."
Despite Collins' comments on the situation, the Giants did issue Beckham's extension, soldifying him for the next five years. Or so we thought.
That extension never came Collins way, though. He had proved to be a vital part of the Giants' defense, and was viewed as a leader within his four seasons on the team. But he admitted to Dunleavy that the Giants never made him an offer, as they let him walk into free agency. He signed a six-year, $84 million deal with the NFC East-rival Redskins, so he could get his revenge now twice a year.
Collins admitted he and Beckham both viewed themselves in Big Blue for their careers.
"That's what I thought," Collins said. "I thought I would be there the next 10 years. I guess everything changes for a reason."