Trade Rumors: New York Giants inquired about Lions’ WR Kenny Golladay

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Kenny Golladay
DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 22: Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a third quarter touchdown after a catch against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

It is no surprise at the New York Giants are calling teams around the league to gauge potential trades. The only issue, ownership can no longer allow general manager Dave Gettleman to be the focal point in these deals. Considering what he did last year with the Leonard Williams trade, aside from him being a good player, was simply malpractice.

In the first year of a true rebuild, giving away draft picks for a player set to have free agency makes little sense. The Giants are currently in their second year of a rebuild but have overhauled their coaching staff and schematics. They essentially took two steps back after taking one forward, and next season they need to hoard as many draft picks as possible.

They currently have six picks in the 2021 NFL draft after acquiring a sixth-rounder in the trade that sent Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants should be sellers at the deadline on November 3 and not buyers, which makes this next rumor quite interesting.

Rumors suggest that the New York Giants reached out to the Detroit Lions about wide receiver Kenny Golladay:

“I had heard something about this last week,” Raanan said on his Breaking Big Blue with Jordan Raanan podcast. “There was at least some conversation about the Giants talking to the Lions about wide receiver Kenny Golladay. My understanding is that it did happen in some shape or form.”

There are pros and cons to trading for Golladay.

On one side, you get a proven player that is qualified for the franchise tag, on the other side, you’re spending more draft capital on a player preparing to finish his rookie deal. The Giants cannot continue to utilize this method during a rebuild, as they simply aren’t one talented wide receiver away from being a good team.

I understand the concept that Daniel Jones needs more targets to throw to, but solving the offensive line should be a priority more than adding a receiver. Nonetheless, Golladay is having a solid 2020 campaign, posting 338 yards and two scores with a 71.4% catch rate.

At 6-foot-4, Golladay is a fantastic deep threat they can also act as a dominant red-zone receiver. He’s extremely underrated at 26 years old and would be a stellar addition to the Giants’ offense. However, they are better off targeting him in free agency and spending the money rather than giving up draft capital and committing financially.