In an interview with the NFL Network, Collins said he would run over Gettleman during pregame warmups.
“I would try to tell one of my defensive back coaches to throw the ball in that direction and give a nice little thud, a nice little run-over, a quick little ‘Uhh”, something like that,” Collins said. “I’m going to make it a little subtle, you know? I don’t think he’s got the skill level to stay on his feet.”
The Giants selected Collins in the second-round (33rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. After four seasons, the Giants elected not to offer him a long-term deal. He signed a six-year, $84 million contract with the rival Washington Redskins, making him the NFL’s highest paid safety. The “heartbroken” Collins said he has “a lot of motivation” when he goes against his former team twice a season.
There is so much vitriol that Collins refuses to say the word “Giants”,
“I have something to play for, just within myself because I haven’t finished the last two years,” Collins said in an interview with 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. “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.”
He was asked directly in the interview if he specifically meant the Giants.
“It’s no point,” Collins said. “It’s no point saying their name.”
Collins started all 59 career games with the Giants. He has 428 combined tackles (321 solo), 10 quarterback hits, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered, eight interceptions, 32 passes defended, and two touchdowns. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2016-18) and became the only player in NFL history with at least 100 solo tackles, two sacks, five interceptions and 12 passes defended in a season (2016).
Collins led the Giants in tackles in each of his four seasons with the team.
However, questions of Collins’ durability arose. He finished each of the past two seasons on injured reserve. There is also the belief Collins is a liability against the pass. The Giants acquired Jabrill Peppers in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade.
Collins would have made close to $13 million had the Giants used their franchise tag on him. He said he didn’t want to play 2019 under the franchise tag but wouldn’t create a distraction by holding out.
“Would I play on it? I have no choice,” Collins said at the conclusion of the regular season. “But it’s not a concern of mine. I know what I’m capable of. Hopefully we work something out before that. If not, franchise it is. I’ve just got to continue proving myself.”
Eventually, Collins’ seemingly neutral approach to his contract situation evaporated. He grew “frustrated” over the idea of playing 2019 under the franchise tag and the Giants’ lack of interest in signing him to long-term deal. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Collins cleaned out his locker and said goodbye to teammates and the coaching staff three weeks before the start of free agency. Anderson’s report was later refuted by Collins.
Collins is just the latest player to go in on Gettleman. Beckham took shots at him in a GQ article released last week. Some former Carolina Panthers players didn’t speak kindly of Gettleman or the time he spent as the team’s general manager.