New York Giants Sign WR Kenny Golladay to Four-year $72M Deal

Kenny Golladay With NY Giants Background

  • The New York Giants have signed WR Kenny Golladay to a four-year contract worth $72M.
  • Golladay played 47 games for the Detroit Lions, finishing his tenure with 183 catches, 3,068 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns.
  • With the signing, the Giants improved to +550 in the NFC East division odds.

The New York Giants have signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a four-year contract worth $72M.

According to a report from ESPN, the monetary value of the contract could reach $76M with bonuses and it has a guarantee value of $40M.

The Detroit Lions’ decision not to put the franchise tag on Golloday on deadline day made the wide receiver test the free agency market. And from then on, it was clear that he was destined for greener pastures. After a visit last week, the Giants were determined to get their number 1 receiver and now they finally have him.

Giants’ New WR1

Golladay was the Detroit Lions’ third round pick on the 2017 NFL Draft out of Northern Illinois. A Pro-Bowler in 2019, Golladay was limited to just five games last season He finished with 338 yards with only two touchdowns after going back-to-back campaigns with 1,000+ receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns from 2018-2019. Overall, Golladay played 47 games for the Lions, finishing with 183 catches for 3,068 receiving yards and 21 touchdown grabs.

The 27-year old said last year that he wanted to say in Detroit. However, after he said that, the Lions traded QB Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams and new head coach Dan Campbell. Detroit also hired a new GM in Brad Holmes. His ability to make contested catches downfield is expected to benefit the Giants who viewed him as the no. 1 wide receiver in the free agency market.

The addition of Golladay not only gives New York another offensive weapon but he will be the Giants’ new WR1. Behind Golladay, the Giants have impressive depth with Sterling Shepard and Darius Slay at the WR position. They also have two talented TEs in Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph plus a superstar running back in Saquon Barkley. Now it will be up to Daniel Jones to prove that he is the man to put it all together.

New York’s 2021 Odds

Prior to the news of Golladay’s signing, the Giants were the clear cellar dwellers of the NFC East division as far as the best NFL betting sites were concerned. New York hovered around the +600 to +650 price range depending on which online betting site you use. After adding Golladay, most sites still have the Giants sitting at the bottom. However , FanDuel has placed New York alongside the Philadelphia Eagles at +550.

While Golladay didn’t have the Tom Brady to Tampa effect on the odds, the fact that New York’s odds shortened says that he’s going to have an impact on the Giants’ offense. And while the Dallas Cowboys (+105) and the Washington Football Team (+350) are still ahead of them in the team standings, we know that the NFC East is still expected to be the closest division in the NFL next season, not that it’s competitive but more of the lack of an elite team in the division.

Last season, the Washington Football Team came up on top of the NFC East. However, they only clinched the division in their final regular season game. Washington finished the season at 7-9 with the Giants and Dallas Cowboys finishing next at 6-10 apiece. The Eagles were last at 4-11. Experts aren’t expecting a significant change in the NFC East and with the addition of Golladay, the Giants have put themselves in a position to possibly steal the division like Washington did last season.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.