Following a lengthy multiple-day in-person visit with the NY Giants, Kenny Golladay agrees to a four-year, $72M deal with a max of $76M with $40M guaranteed. The Giants brought the former Lions wide receiver into their facilities mainly for a physical due to concerns regarding his injury history. As one of the best players in the league at taking the top off a defense, his addition immediately bolsters the Giants’ receiving corps.
Golladay was a WR1 two years ago, but a hip injury wiped out most of his 2020 playing time. In the two years prior, he had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. That includes an NFL-high 11 touchdowns during his 2019 Pro Bowl campaign. At 27 years of age, he still has a lot left in the tank and is one of the better receivers in the league when healthy. His 16.8 yards per catch average is the highest in the NFL since 2017.
Golladay instantly slides into the top position on the depth chart. He and Darius Slayton will likely man the outside while Sterling Shepard handles the slot. They also added speedy former Bengals receiver John Ross earlier in free agency. The Giants haven’t had a bonafide No. 1 like Golladay since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018.
Although he’s shown flashes, quarterback Daniel Jones had an overall underwhelming sophomore year. Jones could improve in his second season under Coach Joe Judge especially with an added field stretcher of Golladay’s caliber. According to Sports Info Solutions, Jones is the 7th best quarterback in the league on deep-ball targets with an accuracy of 61%. The league average is 52%. If Jones can make strides in his third season, Golladay will be a desirable high-end WR2 in fantasy leagues.