Following multiple days of meetings with New York Giants brass, Kenny Golladay and New York have come to terms on a four-year, $72M deal, including $40M guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter.
With Allen Robinson (franchise tag), Will Fuller (Dolphins), Curtis Samuel (Washington), A.J Green (Arizona), JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh), and Marvin Jones (Jacksonville)—among others—all officially off the open market, Golladay represented the lone remaining headliner in a deep free agent receiver class.
For the Giants, the wait was well worth it.
Golladay entered the free agency period as arguably the top weapon with an eye for greener pastures—and deeper pockets—following four seasons in Detroit highlighted by a lone Pro Bowl selection following the 2019 season.
Following the trade of Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles, Detroit has entered a full organizational rebuild under newly hired general manager Brad Holmes, and head coach Dan Campbell. Along with his running mate in Jones, Golladay wasn’t interested in future plans, and his services will now be welcomed with open arms in New York.
As a whole, the Giants’ receivers struggled mightily in 2020. Darius Slayton led all wideouts accumulating 751 receiving yards while tying Sterling Shepard for a team-high three touchdown catches. New York failed, again, to have a receiver hit the 1,000-yard mark, a milestone not met by a Giants wideout since the departure of Odell Beckham Jr.
Comparingly, through the first four campaigns of his young career, Golladay has trumped the 1,000-yard plateau twice, including a career year in 2019 where the former Northern Illinois standout recorded 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Although Golladay suffered through nagging lower-body injuries that ultimately limited him to just five games in 2020, he immediately presents Daniel Jones with a talent on the outside he simply has not had since he took over the reins for Eli Manning just a couple of seasons ago.
With Jones, Saquon Barkley (when healthy), and one of the top young defenses in the conference, the Giants are in anything but a rebuild, and now, with the addition of an elite talent on the outside in Golladay to pair with Slayton, Shepard, and fellow free-agent addition John Ross, New York has their sights set on winning their first division title in the last decade.
Fantasy Football Impact
Golladay to the Giants felt inevitable all week and the move finally happened. The key to his fantasy value in 2021 is two-fold: Can he develop a similar chemistry with Daniel Jones that he had with Matthew Stafford, and is he healthy? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, he's in line for another highly productive fantasy season.
2020 was essentially a lost year for Golladay, as he played in only five games due to injury. However, he was as productive as ever when he was on the field. In his four full games this season, Golladay averaged 16.45 PPR fantasy points per game—that would’ve ranked as the WR13 in average output, almost identical to Allen Robinson’s season. In 2019, Golladay ranked as the WR9 in total points and WR12 in average points per game.
Given the QB downgrade and some minor uncertainty about his health, Golladay can't be near WR1 territory right now. However, he's still a top-20 option that should come off the board in the latter portion of the fourth round in redraft leagues. — Jaime Eisner
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