NFC North Notes: Golladay, Bears, Vikings

With Golden Tate long gone and Marvin Jones entering the final year of his contract, Kenny Golladay figures to be a high priority for the Lions this offseason. Because Golladay was a third-round pick, his fourth season doubles as a contract year. The Lions would like to extend him, and Golladay has expressed interest in a long-term Detroit stay, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press tweets. However, no extension talks have commenced yet. Despite Matthew Stafford missing much of the season, Golladay established career-high marks in receiving yardage (1,190) and touchdowns (11). With the floor for No. 1 wide receivers being around $16MM per year now, Golladay will not come cheap after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

Here is the latest from the NFC North, shifting first to some more receiving situations:

  • Anthony Miller dealt with as many as five shoulder dislocations as a rookie in 2018, leading to a 2019 surgery. The Bears wide receiver’s shoulder troubles are not over. He underwent another shoulder operation recently, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com notes. Miller missed time during the 2019 offseason but did not miss a game last season. That seemingly won’t be an issue this year, with COVID-19 making it highly unlikely any teams will conduct any offseason workouts. The former second-round pick came on down the stretch last season, finishing 2019 with 52 catches for 656 yards.
  • The retooling Panthers did not pick up Jarius Wright‘s 2020 option, sending the veteran wideout into free agency. Although the Vikings shed Stefon Diggs‘ contract, do not expect Wright to return to Minnesota. The longtime Vikings slot receiver has a slim chance of returning to the team for which he played six seasons, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets. The Vikings released Wright in 2018; the 30-year-old wideout played the past two seasons with the Panthers.
  • The Packers‘ agreement with free agent running back/return man Tyler Ervin is a one-year, $1MM pact, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com notes. Ervin will collect a $910K base salary. The Packers claimed Ervin off waivers from the Jaguars last year and used him on kick and punt returns.
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8 comments on “NFC North Notes: Golladay, Bears, Vikings

  1. ChiSox_Fan

    I thought non emergency elective surgeries were discouraged due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

    Hopefully the IL Governor doesn’t read these “rumors”.

  2. twinsfan368

    Dude they never say why there’s a slim chance that’s the only thing I wanna know

  3. gregstruth89

    Ah. The bears. Where cubs fans and white Sox fans go to unite under the fact that the bears still suck.

    • crosseyedlemon

      As a Bears fan, I’m distressed that we can’t get the Bulls and Blackhawks fans to join the party…lol.

  4. Bdd1967

    I can finally sleep now knowing that a guy that played for the Vikings a few years ago will not be returning to the Vikings after getting dumped by his most recent team. What a relief!!!

  5. lions_3034_super_bowl_champs

    If the lions can’t get a deal done with Kenny they are making a big mistake. This dude is going to be awesome not that he isn’t already…

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