He didn’t sign in the initial flurry of free agency, but it looks like receiver Kenny Golladay has no shortage of suitors. The former Lion spent Wednesday night meeting with GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy of the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
It sounds like Golladay staying in the NFC North is now a real possibility. As Schefter notes Golladay will visit the Giants Thursday, and we’ve heard there’s mutual interest between those two sides. The Bengals have also reportedly made Golladay an offer. The receiver market has been by all accounts weak so far, causing many of the big names to still be unsigned. Curtis Samuel got a nice contract from Washington yesterday, but there haven’t been too many other big deals handed out to wideouts yet.
The Bears’ interest is especially notable since they’ve already franchise tagged Allen Robinson. There were rumors earlier this offseason that Robinson could be tagged and traded, so that would seemingly be a possibility if they ink Golladay to a long-term deal. Or Chicago could just be trying to form what would be a truly elite 1-2 duo with Robinson and Golladay together.
It would certainly make life a lot easier for new quarterback signee Andy Dalton. Detroit drafted Golladay in the third-round out of Northern Illinois back in 2017, and he quickly blossomed into a stud.
He had 1,063 yards in 2018, and then 1,190 yards in 2019 to go with a league-leading 11 touchdown catches. Everyone was excited for his 2020 campaign with Matthew Stafford, but unfortunately injuries limited him to only five games.
The Dolphins were also rumored to be interested in his services the week before free agency opened. It’ll be very interesting to see what kind of money he lands, as he’ll definitely be seeking well north of $15MM annually and likely closer to $20MM.
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