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Reason for Giants exit has still eluded Redskins saftey Landon Collins

Did the Giants make a mistake by showing no interest in re-signing Landon Collins, allowing the hard-hitting safety to sign a huge deal with their NFC East rival Redskins?

“They’ll find out Week 4,’’ Collins told The Post on Friday.

Of course Collins knows what is going on in Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season. The Redskins face the Giants at MetLife Stadium, and Collins will arrive wearing his new colors and playing for his new team.

This was not the way he envisioned his career going. Collins truly wanted to play his entire career with the Giants, who traded up in the second round of the 2015 draft to pick him.

Collins led his defense in tackles four consecutive seasons, but that was not enough to convince the Giants to further invest in him. General manager Dave Gettleman, who took over late in the 2017 season, did not draft Collins. He could have kept Collins with the Giants in 2019 by applying the franchise tag to him, but chose not to do so.

When free agency opened up, there was no communication from the Giants. The writing on the wall was scrawled in big, bold letters: The Giants were not going to pay him and Collins was going to hit the open market.

“It was heartbreaking,’’ Collins said. “But I started a new chapter, started a new thing with a new team and I had to move on.’’

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The move was a financial bonanza for the 25-year-old, as the Redskins made him the highest-paid safety in NFL history with a six-year, $84 million contract that includes $45 million in guaranteed money. Clearly, the Redskins valued Collins more than the Giants did.

“I guess, if you listen to the things that were said, maybe I talked too much, maybe I didn’t fit their system or I guess Mr. Gettleman said I wasn’t part of that cultural thing. If that’s what he says, I’ll go by his words.’’

Collins said he already senses a different vibe with his new team, compared to that of his four-year stay with the Giants.

“It’s all love over there,’’ he said. “It’s fun, competition, it’s crazy over there. I’m excited to be there, honestly. I appreciate the organization bringing me aboard.

“There’s not much you have to worry about here. Everybody is for each other and nobody is kinda like stepping on anybody’s toes. With the Giants I was gonna be who I needed to be for myself and the organization. If I can’t be myself somewhere it’s gonna be bad.’’

This will be a new experience for the former Alabama star, who never had to put on a different uniform and knock heads with the Crimson Tide in college. On Sept. 29, he will attempt to show the Giants what they nudged out the door.

“I know it’s gonna be full of emotions, full of trying to show them what they missed out on,’’ Collins said. “And then the disrespect of them not saying anything to me or what they were going to do with me, regardless of what they were going to do in the future.’’

Collins is thrilled he will get a chance for a proper sendoff from Giants fans, with whom he grew so close over the years. He will honor his commitment and host the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game on June 8 at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, N.Y.

The event will benefit St. Christopher’s, Inc., in Westchester County, an orginization that helps women and children in need. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.landoncollinsgame.com.

The game the past few years attracted a staggering number of current and past Giants players, and Collins said he never once thought of canceling the event when he became a former Giant.

“I wanted to say goodbye the right way, you know?’’ Collins said. “It will be an amazing night.’’

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