Landon Collins attacks ex-Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman who “didn’t want” him here

Landon Collins is back with the New York Giants after the team signed him to the practice squad last week, and it appears that the safety-turned-linebacker will be active this week against the Baltimore Ravens.

Collins wanted to be clear about one thing: He wanted Big Blue to welcome him back in 2019 when he was a free agent. He said that the team’s former GM did not want him.

He told the New York Daily News that “that was my only concern.” “I want fans to understand that. It wasn’t even the Giants. Dave Gettleman was the one who did it. … I wanted it to be me, but Gettleman wouldn’t let me stay.”

Collins didn’t hesitate to express his feelings about Gettleman after he signed an $84 million, six-year deal with the Washington Commanders during the 2019 offseason.

He said that he had no dignity and told then. “I had no idea what was happening. He is a liar. He lied to everyone. That’s why I don’t trust him. “I would like to think that no one else will either.”

Collins said that Collins had spoken with Gettleman only once, even though his free agency situation was unfolding. Gettleman didn’t draft Collins. Jerry Reese selected him in the second round of, the 2015 draft.

Collins felt that he deserved better after four years of being part of the organization and wearing a “C” on his chest for 2018. Gettleman refused to give Collins that, so he moved forward.

Joe Schoen, the current general manager, and Brian Daboll, the head coach see an opportunity to bring back a familiar face and make an impact.

Collins’ strengths have been evident since he left the team. Wink Martindale’s defensive system is designed for safety-linebacker hybrids that can rush the passer while also dropping back in coverage when necessary. Collins has this skill set.

Collins has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons. After tearing his Achilles against Dallas Cowboys, Collins played only seven games in 2020.

In 2021, Collins was injured in his foot and placed on injured reserve on Dec. 24, which ended his season after 13 games. Collins signed with New York after he failed to reach common ground with the Commanders.

He just wants to prove that he is still a playmaker in his second stint.

“I have been injured for the past two, three, or four years. This is my greatest downfall. He said that aside from that, “Yeah, yeah, I still got, I’m still a playmaker, and I’m still playing ball,” he told The New York Post.

Collins was the leader in tackles for New York’s first four seasons. He accumulated 104 or more during those seasons and earned two Pro Bowl selections as well as an All-Pro award.

Collins was third in the Defensive Player Of The Year voting. This was a team that fought its way to the playoffs thanks to its strong defensive play. Collins had five interceptions and one return for a touchdown. He also had 125 tackles, four sacks, and defended 13 passes.

Collins has 437 tackles (22 loss), and eight interceptions in 59 games with the Giants. Collins hopes to improve those numbers starting Sunday in Baltimore.

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