Golladay signed with the New York Giants in the offseason, where he'll likely experience a downgrade in quarterback play and possibly target share. Still, Golladay is too talented to be ranked outside the top 24 wide receivers in PPR and he's well worth a pick in the fifth round in that format. Golladay has one of the biggest gaps in value depending on whether catches count in your league. In non-PPR leagues he could be viewed as a borderline No. 1 receiver, but it's hard to project that kind of volume in full PPR. He's never averaged more than eight targets per game and it's hard to see that changing on a team that was in the bottom third of the league in wide receiver target rate last year and now gets Saquon Barkley back.
Golladay signed a four-year, $72 million deal, including $40 million in guarantees, with the Giants on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The top remaining free-agent wide receiver signed the massive deal after a multi-day visit with the Giants. Prior to last season, Golladay had been model of consistency, recording back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons after earning a starting role within the Lions offense entering 2018. A debilitating hip injury forced the 27-year-old to miss the final eight games of the 2020 campaign, but he was still a driving force when healthy, tallying at least four receptions in all four games he played, two of which went over the 100-yard receiving mark. Situated in a Giants offense gushing with explosive options such as Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, Golladay immediately becomes the team's best red-zone threat and should be a capable intermediate target for quarterback Daniel Jones in what amounts to a pivotal prove-it season for the third-year quarterback.
Golladay is drawing interest from both the Bears and Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, the coveted free agent was in contact with Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy on Wednesday and is slated to meet with the Giants on Thursday. Golladay is one of several top-level wide receiver options still unsigned after this week's initial burst of league-wide movement. It remains to be seen if he has any other visits lined up, but for now Golladay -- who's bouncing back from a hip injury -- appears to be taking a deliberate approach with regard to choosing his next NFL destination.
Golladay is expected to visit with the Giants this week to discuss a contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. According to Jordan Schultz of ESPN, the Giants view Golladay a true No. 1 wideout, but the team would still like to check in with the 27-year-old before extending him what's expected to a lucrative multi-year deal. New York presumably wants to get a feeling for where Golladay stands on the health front after he missed 11 games last season to a hip injury. Schultz notes that several other teams are still pursuing Golladay in free agency, so there's no guarantee his visit with the Giants results in a signing. The visit is, however, a clear confirmation that both sides share mutual interest.
The Lions won't use their franchise tag on Golladay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Golladay thus will be eligible to become a free agent, along with fellow wide receivers Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and Mohamed Sanu. It's still possible that Detroit could re-sign Golladay, but at the moment, newcomer Tyrell Williams is the top wideout that the team has under contract for 2021.
While the Lions could use the franchise tag ahead of the March 9 deadline to prevent Golladay (hip) from reaching unrestricted free agency, general manager Brad Holmes said Tuesday that there are "some decisions that still have to be made" about Golladay's future, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. With none of Golladay, Marvin Jones or Danny Amendola under contract in 2021, Holmes said Tuesday that he hopes to remake the Lions' receiving corps in a similar fashion to how the Rams re-made theirs in 2017 and 2018, when Los Angeles utilized free agency, the trade market and the middle rounds of the draft to give then-Rams quarterback Jared Goff a full arsenal of receivers. Considering those moves included the 2017 free-agent signing of Robert Woods and the 2018 trade acquisition of Brandin Cooks, it doesn't necessarily seem as if Holmes -- who served the Rams as the director of college scouting at the time -- will be shy about locking up quality receivers this time around, should he take that same approach. However, the Lions less-than-ideal cap situation (especially after acquiring Goff) might make it a challenge to keep Golladay in Detroit, as the franchise tag is projected to be around $16 million for receivers and the Lions were still a few million dollars over the expected salary cap before signing deep-threat Tyrell Williams (shoulder) this week.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|4||10/03||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|9||11/07||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|11||11/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|14||12/12||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|18||01/09||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||89||52||864||6||41||16.62||122|