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Landon Collins says Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. was 'loved' by teammates, despite Giants management thinking he was a problem

According to Washington Redskins safety Landon Collins, new Cleveland Browns wide received Odell Beckham Jr. was beloved in the New York Giants locker room.
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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) converse during NFL football training camp, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

One of the best defensive players in football, Landon Collins was surprised when the New York Giants failed to offer him a contract before he signed with the Washington Redskins this offseason.

But when it came to his former team's decision to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, the 3-time Pro Bowl safety was anything but shocked.

“They felt like he was a problem the whole time," Collins said of the Giants in an interview with NJ.com. "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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Odell Beckham Jr. attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Beckham's issues with his now-former team have been well documented. Asked in his own interview with NJ.com shortly after dealing Beckham to the Browns if the Giants have a culture issue, New York general manager Dave Gettelman replied, "Not anymore."

But while Giants management may not have supported the polarizing wideout, Collins insists that wasn't the case inside the Giants locker room. In fact, the 2016 All-Pro went as far as to say Beckham was beloved and that he didn't understand why the front office saw him in such a different light.

“We loved him,” Collins 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."

That's not to say that the 26-year-old Beckham didn't have his brush ups, including an ESPN interview in which he appeared to not support quarterback Eli Manning and an Instagram video in which he could be seen with a woman who was sitting in front of a white substance. Beckham has also been critiqued for his on-field celebrations and dustups with opposing players -- and kicking nets -- but his immense talent has always seemed to outweigh any of the perceived trouble he had caused.

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Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham answers questions during a news conference Monday, April 1, 2019, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

To this point in his Cleveland career -- which is admittedly just two months old -- Beckham has steered clear of controversy, although that hasn't stopped him from taking to Instagram to clarify comments he felt were taken out of context.

As for his new teammates, the former of the Rookie of the Year has been received just as well in Cleveland as he was in New York. And as for his reputation elsewhere, he continues to insist he's not all that concerned.

“I see all the stuff that says that and everything," Beckham said of his reputation. "I think one of my biggest problems is that I care about it but I do not care at the same time because I know who I am. Nothing that is said about me is ever going to bother me because I know who I am. I just stick to that."