Golladay signed a four-year, $72 million deal, including $40 million in guarantees, with the Giants on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: 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 pro.
Mar 20, 2021 12:53 PM EST
Golladay is drawing interest from both the Bears and Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: 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 appears to be taking a deliberate approach with regard to choosing his next NFL destination.
Mar 18, 2021 12:46 PM EST
The Giants are bringing Golladay in for a visit before potentially offering him a contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Giants consider Golladay a true No. 1 receiver, per Jordan Schultz of ESPN, but it appears that the team wants to alleviate some concerns via a visit before handing out what would no doubt have to be an enormous multi-year deal. New York's concerns could stem from the fact that Golladay missed 11 games with the Lions last season due 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.
Mar 17, 2021 3:27 PM EST
The Lions won't use their franchise tag on Golladay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Golladay will thus 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.
Mar 9, 2021 9:38 AM EST
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.
Analysis: 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.
Mar 4, 2021 11:49 AM EST
Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell ruled Golladay (hip) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: The announcement comes as no surprise, given that the Lions are eliminated from playoff contention along with the fact that Golladay hasn't practiced in any capacity since Week 12. Golladay thus concludes the 2020 season with 20 receptions on 32 targets for 338 yards and two touchdowns across his eight appearances, but the disappointing, injury-plagued campaign shouldn't prevent him from earning a hefty pay raise this offseason. Though Detroit may be reluctant to give the wideout the long-term contract extension he's seeking, he would be a strong candidate to receive the Lions' franchise tag, which would net him a one-year deal worth no less than the average of the top five highest-salaried players at his position.
Dec 31, 2020 8:28 AM EST
Golladay (hip) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Golladay hasn't played since Week 8 and hasn't practiced in any capacity since Week 12, making it a longshot for him to gain clearance for Sunday's season finale versus the Vikings. Unless Golladay makes a surprise appearance on the practice field Friday, he'll likely be ruled out for the game when the Lions release their final Week 17 injury report.
Dec 31, 2020 8:17 AM EST
Golladay (hip) won't practice Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Though Golladay hasn't played since Week 8, the Lions have thus far elected not to place the wideout on IR. Golladay's continued absence from practice Wednesday, however, doesn't bode well for his chances of returning to game action in Week 17 against the Vikings.
Dec 30, 2020 8:16 AM EST
Golladay (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: After yet another week with no practice reps, the Lions did the expected and will make Golladay inactive this weekend, marking his eighth straight contest on the sideline. He'll have one more chance to get back on the field this season on Sunday, Jan. 3 against the Vikings.
Dec 24, 2020 12:10 PM EST
Golladay (hip) was held out of practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Tuesday's practice report was an estimate, so Golladay's lack of activity Wednesday is more indicative of his current level of health. That is, he doesn't seem to have made any recognizable progress through the hip injury that has kept him off the practice field since Week 12. The Lions haven't hinted yet that Golladay may be shut down for the final two contests, but with no playoff berth to play for, it could be just a matter of time.
Dec 23, 2020 2:52 PM EST
Golladay (hip) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.
Analysis: Given that Golladay hasn't practiced in any capacity since Week 12 along with the fact that the 5-9 Lions have been eliminated from the postseason, he looks increasingly likely to be shut down for the season. The Lions will take a week-to-week approach with Golladay for now, but at this stage, the wideout appears to have slim odds of suiting up Saturday against the Buccaneers.
Dec 22, 2020 1:50 PM EST
Golladay (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Analysis: Interim coach Darrell Bevell admitted Friday that the Lions may soon discuss shutting down Golladay for the rest of the season. The team hasn't technically been eliminated from the playoffs, but that should be coming soon enough. Golladay hasn't played in a game since Week 8 and hasn't logged any level of practice participation since Week 12.
Dec 18, 2020 12:42 PM EST
Coach Darrell Bevell said Friday, "I think that's a conversation that's coming" regarding Golladay (hip) being shut down for the season, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old has yet to be officially ruled out for Sunday's game at Tennessee, though those comments are a pretty clear indication he won't be available. Golladay hasn't seen the field since Week 8 due to the hip injury and hasn't practiced in nearly a month, so it's not much of a surprise the Lions are considering shutting things down with only a few weeks left in the regular season. Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Danny Amendola should continue leading Detroit's receiving corps down the stretch.
Dec 18, 2020 7:56 AM EST
Golladay (hip) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Golladay's inability to participate in the portion of practice open to the media ultimately forecast his absence Thursday. In fact, he hasn't taken the practice field in any capacity since Week 12. At this point, Golladay seems on a path to his seventh absence in a row Sunday at Tennessee, which would set up Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Danny Amendola and Quintez Cephus for elevated roles.
Dec 17, 2020 1:10 PM EST
Golladay (hip) didn't participate in drills during the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Golladay hasn't practiced on even a limited basis since Week 12, and at this point, the wideout is looking like a potential shutdown candidate for a 5-8 Lions squad that could soon be eliminated from playoff contention. At the very least, Golladay looks on track to miss Sunday's game against the Titans, which would mark his sixth straight absence. Expect the Lions to make an official call on Golladay's Week 15 status following Friday's practice.
Dec 17, 2020 9:58 AM EST
Golladay (hip) won't practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Golladay, who last suited up for a game back in Week 8, thus remains iffy as Sunday's game against the Titans approaches. If he remains sidelined this weekend, Quintez Cephus and Mohamed Sanu would be in line to continue split wideout snaps across from Marvin Jones, while Danny Amendola handles slot duties.
Dec 16, 2020 8:21 AM EST
Golladay (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Interim coach mentioned the possibility of Golladay having a limited role in Sunday's game if he looked good at Friday's practice. However, Golladay was listed as a non-participant, just as he had been each of the last five Fridays. He's now set to miss a sixth consecutive game, leaving Marvin Jones and TJ Hockenson as Matthew Stafford's top pass catchers. Last week, Quintez Cephus and Mohamed Sanu split the wideout snaps across from Marvin Jones, while Danny Amendola handled his familiar role in the slot.
Dec 11, 2020 12:52 PM EST
Coach Darrell Bevell said Golladay (hip) could have a limited role Sunday against the Packers depending how he looks in practice Friday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It remains unclear if the 27-year-old will participate at Friday's practice, so he could end up being ruled out for a sixth straight game. Even if he's available Week 14, Golladay appears unlikely to be 100 percent, which would make him a risky fantasy option. If he's unable to play, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and Mohamed Sanu would continue to lead the receiving corps.
Dec 11, 2020 7:59 AM EST
Golladay (hip) did not practice Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Golladay appears to be trending toward a sixth straight absence, though he will have one more opportunity to resume practicing prior to Sunday's divisional matchup against the Packers. Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Quintez Cephus and Mohamed Sanu will headline Detroit's wide receiving corps once again if Golladay can't go.
Dec 10, 2020 1:21 PM EST
Golladay (hip) won't practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Kyle Meinke of MLive.com previously reported that the wideout was spotted doing sprints in the end zone before the Lions' Week 13 win over the Bears. That said, the fact that Golladay -- who last suited up in Week 8 -- isn't practicing Wednesday doesn't bode well for his chances of returning to action Sunday against the Packers.
Dec 9, 2020 9:00 AM EST
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