Landon Collins: Giants front office thought OBJ was a problem “the whole time”

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The Giant surprisingly didn’t keep safety Landon Collins after the 2018 season. Even more surprisingly, they traded receiver Odell Beckham Jr., only months after signing him to a long-term deal.

“Was I shocked with Odell?” Collins told NJ.com. “No, honestly, not. 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.”

In this case, the “they” is the front office. The players felt differently.

“We loved him,” Collins said of his teammates. “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.”

Collins’ perception makes the decision to sign Beckham and then to trade him even more confusing. They could have traded him before signing him to a long-term deal. They also could have left him finish his rookie contract, applied the franchise tag, and traded him from under the tag, like the Chiefs did with Dee Ford and the Seahawks did with Frank Clark.

Of all the bizarre decisions the franchise has made in the past few years, the decision to pay more than $20 million to a player about whom the front office was ambivalent at best is by far the most confusing. Especially if they could have gotten compensation close to what they received from the Browns (first-round pick, third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers) without having to give Beckham so much money.

Meanwhile, why did the Giants have a problem with Beckham in the first place? He never created any issues away from the field, and he always produced at a high level. He ultimately wasn’t happy in New York, possibly because he sensed the organization’s hesitation toward him.

All in all, it was a strange chapter for the Giants. If Beckham thrives in Cleveland or elsewhere, it will make New York’s failure to make things work with Beckham even more strange.

22 responses to “Landon Collins: Giants front office thought OBJ was a problem “the whole time”

  1. The funniest thing is I think every player who ever played with Odell would say the same thing about him. His teammates and people who actually know him adore him. A real selfless guy given all that’s been bestowed upon him. It’s funny how people paint pictures of people without knowing a single thing about them. Odell is a really good dude and teammate.

  2. The front office wasn’t judging Beckham as a friend. Most likely, Beckham is a great person. They’re just judging players based on what they contribute to the goal of winning super bowls. In that regard, it was best to let Beckham go, and they should have years ago. Management gets paid for winning. They get fired when they lose. Players get paid regardless of whether they win or lose, so I see both sides.

  3. It’s not like OBJ was getting arrested every other week or anything. He’s just an emotional player, which is not a bad thing. I’ll take OBJ over most receivers in the league. The Giants front office has been a train wreck over the last 18 months.

  4. If only your cover skills were as good as your interviews, less talk and more practicing bub!!!

  5. Plain and simple..players like OBJ are always a problem when the team doesn’t win. On a winning team these problems go away

  6. “Of all the bizarre decisions the franchise has made in the past few years, the decision to pay more than $20 million to a player about whom the front office was ambivalent at best is by far the most confusing.”
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    Why is it confusing? No doubt OBJ has the TALENT that earned that large contract. Fact that the Browns were willing to still overpay for a talented WR makes the decision easy to trade him.

  7. If Beckham thrives in Cleveland or elsewhere, it will make New York’s failure to make things work with Beckham even more strange.

    And conversely, if Beckham fails in Cleveland, it will make the New York and Gettlemen look prescient?

  8. I mean I get it , all those guys were great , but I give the Giants credit I mean how do you break up such a great team with such a winning tradition as those guys had.

  9. You mean proposing to a kicker’s net didn’t endear him to the organization, or how about that time he took his teammates on a cruise right before their playoff game? Sounds like they should have been enamored with one of their leaders acting that way, lol. Is this article serious?

    By the way, Landon Collins does realize that the guy in charge now isn’t the guy who used to be in charge, doesn’t he. Maybe he does, or maybe he’s just stirring the pot because Gettleman got rid of him too since unless he’s talking about ownership, which he clearly isn’t, none of this matters for that point.

  10. I love how the narrative is still out there that the Browns paid too much for him. Who could honestly say that they would rather have Jabrill Peppers than OBJ? And the Browns got the guy they probably would have taken at 17 in the second round anyways!

  11. Never had off the field issues? You mean the hole in the wall, the Miami boat trip, the hotel vine, and the lil Wayne interview are considered on the field?

    He was a huge distraction. I think the reason why they gave him the huge contract was that they were hoping that would get him to behave. When it became clear that he didn’t change, they cut their loses.

    Based on the character of the guys drafted this year (like them or not), it’s clear that the giants don’t want egos on their team.

  12. Just like a bad marriage. The Giants thought they could change OBJ, and we know how that ended up.

  13. Even with all the “Distractions” as Giants fans like to talk about you still made the playoffs a bunch and won two Superbowls with him on the team.. as a Browns fan I would love that kind of “distraction”

  14. Trade was two months ago and has been debated. Let’s see what happens over the next three years. Maybe, just maybe the trade works out for both player (OBJ) and team (Giants).

  15. giants are so damned dumb to get rid of him. a talent like him isnt a dime a dozen. gettleman is dumber than a sack of dumb rocks.

  16. I didn’t mind the decision to part ways with him. OBJ is a great player and hard worker, but narcissistic. I was aghast that they let a team-first player like Collins go.

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