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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants ended the offseason feeling pretty good about themselves, even though they arguably spent the last five months losing more talent than they gained. They are big believers in addition by subtraction, and they feel they've added some pretty good pieces, too.

It'll be a few more months until we know whether GM Dave Gettleman's plan was genius or ill-conceived, and whether his big makeover of the team's culture will result in any more wins. But during the spring organized team activities and mini-camp, there were a few hints about which direction the Giants were headed.

So here are 5 things we've learned about the Giants this spring:

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

There was a time when Landon Collins wouldn't want to hit Saquon Barkley during practice. Well, now he doesn't have a choice with the Redskins. 

Collins, who once praised Barkley's physical attributes that made him such a tough running back to bring down, will now be tasked to keep him in the backfield twice a year. And he says he's ready for that commitment. 

"I've been ready to tackle Saquon," Collins told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton at the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game over the weekend. "That's my guy, though. All love to him and he's been doing his thing as we all know. But when I get to meet him in the hole this time, it's going to be full-go."

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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)

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POMONA, N.Y. - Landon Collins spent the first four years of his NFL career in Giants blue, dreaming of staying in that uniform forever. 

Less than three months after joining the Redskins, though, all those warm, fuzzy feelings for the Giants are gone.

"Honestly, I feel more of a Redskin now after going through OTAs, being there for a while, hanging out with them and having a great time," Collins said. "I feel like I'm at home.

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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 has not been shy about his displeasure over the way things ended with the Giants, but the new Washington Redskins safety seems pretty happy he's on a team where he's "wanted."

In an ESPN episode of "Hang Time," Collins appeared to throw a little more shade the Giants' way when asked why he was no longer in New York. 

"I really couldn't tell you what happened," he said. "I'm happy we're [filming] in D.C. because I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here."

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

Heading into the offseason, the Giants knew they needed to fill some holes to return to a competitive team in 2019. 

The secondary was certainly one of those holes, as the unit struggled for Big Blue last season. Janoris Jenkins wasn't himself with his ankle injury when he was on the field, and the Eli Apple trade led to players like B.W. Webb to step in. 

And that was only at cornerback. The Giants' offseason saw Landon Collins and Curtis Riley -- the Giants' starting safeties -- walk into free agency. So GM Dave Gettleman had some work to do to shore up a group that mostly contributed to the team being second-to-last in pass defense (252.4 yards allowed per game) in 2018. 

Tags: B.W. Webb, Curtis Riley, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Scott Thompson
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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' offseason has been eventful to say the least. 

Landon Collins was allowed to walk into free agency, and is now circling his calendar twice for the next six years with the Redskins for his revenge tour. Odell Beckham Jr. is now a Brown in what was the most surprising trade of the year. And Olivier Vernon joined him in a not-so-surprising trade to Cleveland.

All of this came after GM Dave Gettleman traded Eli Apple and Damon "Snacks" Harrison to the Saints and Lions respectively before the trade deadline last season. There is one Giant, though, that survived through the roster carnage. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center to introduce Pat Shurmur as new head coach. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center to introduce Pat Shurmur as new head coach. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants co-owner John Mara has heard all the criticism toward his team this offseason, but he is not entertaining any of it. 

In his first comments since the NFL Draft, Mara, who was in Florida for owners meetings on Tuesday, said he likes where his team is headed despite the frustrations the fan base may hold. 

"Absolutely, I think we're moving in the right direction," he told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "I certainly don't think we're a finished product yet, but I am happy with the direction of the team, contrary to popular opinion."

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When it comes to the Giants' roster, Dave Gettleman has made it a point to eliminate what he perceives as "distractions."

The general manager and former safety Landon Collins appear to have different definitions of the word. 

Collins, now with NFC East rival Washington, told ESPN's Jordan Raanan the reason he, Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham Jr. were not brought back because they provided too much of a presence in the locker room.

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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)

Dave Gettleman may have built a winner in the NFC East, but not the Giants. 

Just ask Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman about it. 

Norman went on The Rich Eisen Show this week and was asked about the connection he, Landon Collins and Dwayne Haskins have for being Washington Redskins. 

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Jun 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and New York Giants free safety Landon Collins (21) run catching drills during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jun 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and New York Giants free safety Landon Collins (21) run catching drills during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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."

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

From the beginning of the offseason to the start of the 2019 NFL Draft, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins has been linked to the Giants with their No. 6 overall pick. But, as the weeks turned into days, reports that Duke QB Daniel Jones was "their guy" which shifted perspective about that first pick.

But as Big Blue went on the clock down in Nashville, former Giants S Landon Collins was certain it was going to be Haskins who got the call. Instead, he was seen back home in Maryland shaking his head as Jones walked his way on stage to take the jersey from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

A few picks later, though, Haskins found himself in the same boat as Collins this offseason: Two suspected Giants turned Redskins.

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Landon Collins (SNY)

Heartbroken. 

That's how Landon Collins felt when the Giants didn't want him back this offseason. He had become a mainstay on the Giants' defense, a hard-hitting safety that led the team in tackles for the four seasons he wore the blue and white. 

But that will change in 2019 when he wears a division rival's colors in the Redskins, who signed the Pro Bowler to a lucrative six-year, $84 million deal. While Collins accepts the new threads he'll don this season, he does admit it was hard to let go from the franchise that drafted him with the first pick of the second round back in 2015.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

After trading Odell Beckham Jr. and letting Landon Collins walk, the Giants' odds to win Super Bowl LIV dropped from 50/1 to 80/1, and their fresh odds to win the NFC East are right in line with the above expectations.

Big Blue has 16/1 odds to win the division this season, per BetOnline.ag -- the worst odds of the four teams in the NFC East.

The Eagles are the even bet at 1/1, the Cowboys have 5/4 odds, and the Redskins are 10/1.

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The 2019 NFL Draft is over, and the Giants have made all of their picks to bring in prospects they believe can impact them for years to come. It will be fun to watch as these rookies join the veterans at camp this preseason to see who will earn a spot on the 53-man roster, and who will be starting at the end of the day. 

Between the new rookies and veterans, here are some position battles to watch in the new year...

DEPTH RECEIVERS

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' voluntary offseason training program began on Monday as Pat Shurmur prepares for his second season as Big Blue's head coach. 

It is a much different team than when Shurmur walked into the building last year. 

There is no Odell Beckham Jr., no Landon Collins, no Olivier Vernon and still plenty of drama surrounding the future of Eli Manning

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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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There is less than a month to go until the Giants can use their 12 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a look at how those picks might go:

First round (6th overall) - LB Devin White, LSU

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New York Giants cornerback Curtis Riley intercepts a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Curtis Riley intercepts a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost another safety on Friday when Curtis Riley tweeted he was joining the Raiders.

While the Giants acquired Jabrill Peppers in the blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. trade earlier this month, their secondary took a massive hit after infamously not placing the franchise tag on Landon Collins, letting him walk and eventually sign a six-year deal with the Washington Redskins.

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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)

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The Giants now have 12 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which gives them a chance to fill a lot of holes and strengthen a lot of weak positions. It's very early, but here's a look at how those 12 picks could go:

First Round (No. 6 overall): DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

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

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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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Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts after making a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts after making a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

NFL free agency will kick off this week, and every team in the league will be checking in on the top players looking for a new home to see if they could be a fit for their club in the 2019 season.

For the Giants, there have multiple holes that need filling on their 53-man roster, and they are sure to scoure the market to see who they can add at the right price. But Big Blue isn't sitting on a pile of money. Instead, they have around $25 million in cap space after their latest move - the Olivier Vernon trade to the Browns for G Kevin Zeitler - gave them an extra $1.5 million.

So, unlike their MetLife Stadium counterpart in the Jets, they will need to be cautious with how much they spend on free agency as they will have to save money for their draft picks, too. Still, there are some bargain players out there that could make an immediate impact next season.

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The decision to let safety Landon Collins walk away for nothing sent shockwaves through a Giants fan base that still seems to be trying to figure GM Dave Gettleman out. One minute acts like the Giants are close to being a contender. The next he sounds like he's rebuilding. Then he's cutting costs on players like Collins, while not blinking at the $23.2 million cap hit for aging quarterback Eli Manning.

Trying to decipher his moves the last 15 months has been like riding the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney. Just as the franchise seems to turn one direction, it lurches towards the other. Meanwhile, everyone is nauseous and wondering: Is there any real direction at all?

The answer to that is, like many things, complicated and not often clear. There's no doubt the mess Gettleman inherited - on the field, in the locker room, and to a smaller extent under the salary cap - was significant when he was hired in December, 2017. Even Gettleman may have underestimated how extensive the problems were, though he adamantly denies he did.

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The Giants shipped Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns for OG Kevin Zeitler. See why SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano likes the move.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman got rid of an over-priced pass rusher he was likely about to cut and managed to get a starting guard in return, while clearing at least a little bit of salary cap space and moving back about 20 places with one of his picks on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. 

It's hard not to view that as a steal for the Giants and a big win for a general manager that has been battered by the fan base lately.

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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)

The Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumor mill saw a burst in production on social media on Wednesday, as it was said the Browns were on the verge of a deal with the Giants for the star wide receiver. 

While that hasn't come to fruition, the rumors swirling around Beckham will likely continue through the offseason. But could there be a trade package that turns those rumors into solid reports that the Giants and another team like the Browns are close to getting a deal done? 

If the Giants were to trade Beckham before the start of this season, it would be a $16 million cap hit instead of the $21 million he counts for this year. And, if a trade strikes, that team would have to take on his five-year, $90 million contract he signed last offseason with the Giants. 

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Are safeties necessary? 00:01:46
The Loud Mouths take a look at whether the Giants letting Landon Collins go is part of a larger NFL trend of safeties being phased out.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Dave Gettleman telegraphed his plan not to use the franchise tag on S Landon Collins when he spoke to reporters at the scouting combine last week, and he carefully laid out his reasons why. The Giants don't have a lot of cap room. He worried about the "distractions" if Collins was unhappy. He even made it clear he doesn't value safeties as much as some other GMs.

That, of course, wasn't enough to calm the Twitter-storm, or stop the conspiracy theories and ill-placed blame. The reactions ranged from how Gettleman has no plan, to the Giants are about to blow up everything and start over, to my personal favorite - It's all Eli Manning's fault (because, of course it is).

I get it. It was an unpopular decision. I don't even think it was a good one. I think the Giants should have traded him in October if they didn't want to keep him, but I think a 25-year-old safety is a valuable piece to build around. But the hysteria is … well, it's hysterical.

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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' curious decision to not franchise tag Landon Collins is already being roundly bashed.

Is that decision -- after their refusal to trade Collins at the deadline -- even worse than initially thought?

On the Stick to Football podcast on Bleacher Report on Wednesday, Matt Miller said he knows of one team that was willing to trade a first-round Draft pick for Collins at the deadline. 

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) pressures Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) pressures Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Landon Collins never wanted to leave the Giants. He dreamed of becoming a franchise icon, of staying in New York his entire career. It will undoubtedly be tough for him when he signs with another team in the first few days of free agency.

But he's going to get a nice consolation: A very large new deal.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff arms New York Giants defensive back Landon Collins (21) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff arms New York Giants defensive back Landon Collins (21) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants' decision not to franchise tag Landon Collins on Tuesday means the three-time Pro Bowl safety will hit the free agent market. 

Collins, 25, will be one of the more coveted free agents this offseason as he would provide an immediate boost to any team's secondary. 

While Collins' free agency is in its early stages, the Bovada sportsbook has released odds on which team he will be playing for by Week 1 of the 2019 season. 

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants have decided to let S Landon Collins walk into free agency, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed reports that the team won't franchise tag the Pro Bowler.

By letting Collins go, the Giants are losing not only one of their best defensive players on the roster, but also a leader in the locker. And Collins' now-former teammates showed him some love.

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The New York Giants did not franchise tag safety Landon Collins. SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano explains why letting him go is a mistake.

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Now that the Giants have officially declined to use the franchise tag on safety Landon Collins, according to a source, they will surely have lots of excuses for why they didn't. And like it or not, they have many ways to justify why the decision made sense to them.

But there is one part of this the Giants can't explain away so easily: Why, if Collins wasn't part of their future, didn't they trade him when they had the chance?

That is a mystery and some seemingly faulty planning, because they absolutely had the chance to trade the 25-year-old- at the trading deadline back in late October. Multiple NFL sources told SNY back then that several teams - most notably the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - were pursuing Collins. One source indicated one of the offers for Collins was a third-round pick in this draft. But the Giants were holding out for a second and possibly another low-round pick next year, an NFL source said.

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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)

INDIANAPOLIS - Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur were vague about the Giants' offseason plans when they met the media at the NFL scouting combine last week, and sometimes they seemed to be saying different things. But they did at least seem to drop plenty of hints.

So between those hints, their words, and plenty of info from NFL sources, here are 10 things we learned about the Giants' plans while they were at the combine...

1. Eli Manning will be the Giants' starter in 2019 -- at least at the beginning

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon and safety Landon Collins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon and safety Landon Collins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- If there's one thing that everyone in the Giants organization seems to agree on, it's that they lack playmakers on defense. With a few more, they've reasoned, they could've held on to win a few more games and their offseason conversation would be much different.

So why, then, do they seem like they're about to let their two best defensive playmakers walk away?

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INDIANAPOLIS - Dave Gettleman said "eliminating distractions" is one of the big things he has to consider when deciding whether to use the franchise tag on safety Landon Collins.

Well, if he does decide to tag the 25-year-old safety, a distraction might be exactly what he gets.

There is a chance that if Collins is given the tag, he won't sign it, possibly even until the start of the regular season. According to a source familiar with Collins' situation, he has no interest in playing a season under the tag and definitely wouldn't sign it until after the offseason workout program and spring mini-camps.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

INDIANAPOLIS - Using the franchise tag on safety Landon Collins seemed like a no-brainer decision for a Giants team that admittedly lacks impact players on defense. But Giants GM Dave Gettleman made it sound like using the tag on the 25-year-old safety would cause a lot more problems than it's worth.

Without directly addressing Collins' situation, Gettleman threw the safety's future up in the air when he spoke to reporters at the NFL scouting combine on Wednesday afternoon. He spoke of the salary cap problems the tag could create, and the dangers of using it on an unhappy player. He wouldn't rule it out, but he didn't exactly embrace the idea either.

"These decisions aren't made in a vacuum," Gettleman said. "So many things come into play."

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

INDIANAPOLIS - The Giants were a bit of a mess when their season ended two months ago. They had a 5-11 record and their immediate direction was uncertain. Even the identity of both their Quarterbacks of the Future and the Present weren't completely clear.

The first answers to some of the most crucial questions could come on Wednesday when both GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur are expected to speak to the media at the NFL's annual scouting combine. Here's a preview of some of the key questions they're likely to be asked, and what they are expected to say...

1. Are the Giants committed to Eli Manning at quarterback for (at least) one more season?

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

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has shown a tendency to bring former Panthers players aboard from his time as GM in Carolina and two more have just hit the free-agent market. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, CB Captain Munnerlyn will be released by the Panthers while safety Mike Adams wrote on Twitter that the team has informed him he will not return next season. 

Munnerlyn, who turns 31 in April, started in just five games over two seasons with the Panthers as their nickelback. 

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deionte Thompson (14) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deionte Thompson (14) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants have until March 5 to make the decision on whether or not they wish to franchise tag S Landon Collins. And after a confusing Wednesday that was dubbed "LockerGate," there is a strong chance the Giants let Collins walk into free agency. 

Reports surfaced that day that said Collins was giving out goodbyes around the Giants' facility, and was cleaning out his locker. Then, there were other reports -- SNY's Ralph Vacchiano was among them -- that Collins didn't clean anything out nor said goodbye. 

It looked settled from there was nothing to take from the reports, but Collins decided to tweet out that "the stuff in that locker that I have left I do not need."...

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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)

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If the Giants do use the franchise tag on Landon Collins, he'll have little realistic choice but to eventually sign it. And when he does, he'll be guaranteed about $11.2 million over the next year. Considering Collins made about $6.1 million in the first four years of his NFL career, that seems like a pretty good deal.

So why has that made the 25-year-old safety unhappy?

Because he could get more. A lot more.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveLandon Collins is "frustrated" the Giants seem to have no intention of giving him the lucrative, long-term contract he's seeking, according to an NFL source, and he remains unhappy that he is likely to get the franchise tag instead.

And that appears to be the source of the "LockerGate" controversy that erupted late Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins may not have cleaned out his locker and said goodbye to his teammates, as an ESPN report said he did, but he has expressed his frustration over his contract situation to several people. The 25-year-old safety seemed to think the Giants were interested in at least discussing a long-term deal this offseason. But there apparently haven't been any serious talks at all...

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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)

Giants safety Landon Collins said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches, and trainers, reports Josina Anderson of ESPN, who adds that "it doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer."

And Collins seemed to confirm it, taking matters into his own hands when he tweeted at Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, saying he didn't need whatever he left in his locker.

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Landon Collins made it very clear in an interview with SNY back in November that he doesn't want the Giants to use the "franchise tag" on him. But some time in the next two weeks, that's very likely what he's going to get.

The two-week window to use the franchise and transition tags opened on Tuesday morning, and -- to no one's surprise -- the Giants are considering using the tag on the 25-year-old Collins. According to multiple sources there has been very little talk or progress on a long-term deal for the three-time Pro Bowl safety. So the tag -- which teams have until March 5 to use -- is the only way for the Giants to keep Collins from becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

The projected cost of the franchise tag for safeties is about $11.2 million and there are some who doubt whether Giants GM Dave Gettleman would be willing to pay that much for one player at that position. But Collins is one of the few impact players on a Giants defense that needs a lot of work this offseason. The last thing Gettleman needs is another hole to fill...

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The Giants never once looked like a threat to make Super Bowl LIII and it's hard to envision them right now as a threat to make Super Bowl LIV either. They have so much work to do just to become a winning team again. Right now even a playoff berth feels far away.

Their work towards the 2019 season has already begun, of course, and beginning on Monday they are free to start reshaping their roster. There will be some cuts and restructured contracts in the next few weeks, as the Giants get ready for the opening of NFL free agency on March 13.

Here are some of the biggest decisions they face:

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