Lions GM On Kenny Golladay, Romeo Okwara

The Lions have only one franchise tag to give with two deserving players. When asked about tagging wide receiver Kenny Golladay or edge rusher Romeo Okwara, GM Brad Holmes indicated that the decision won’t be rushed. At the same time, it sounds like the Lions are hoping to keep both players in the fold for 2021. 

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We want to make the best decision for the Lions, and sometimes those decisions take a little bit longer,” Holmes said (via “We’re not gonna rush it, so whether it is a franchise tag on a Romeo or Kenny or whoever it is, we’ll definitely have a process in place that we believe in that we’re trusting … and we’re sticking to it and [making] sure it meets the Detroit Lions’ timeline and that’s really the thing that matters the most.”

The Lions’ WR group is due for a reset, one way or another. Like Golladay, veterans Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, and Mohamed Sanu are all out of contract, leaving youngster Quintez Cephus as the last one left. Golladay was limited to just five games last year, but his 2019 Pro Bowl campaign solidified him as a standout. He’s still only 27, and he’s just one year removed from a 65/1,190/11 stat line.

I don’t think there’s any debate that Kenny has shown the ability to be a No. 1 receiver in this league, with that skill-set that everybody knows that he has,” Holmes said. “There’s also been no debate that Kenny’s been at the forefront of our mind in terms of making sure that we make the best possible decision for no only the Lions, but for Kenny. You’ll hear about what we’ll be doing shortly.”

The Lions — and the other 31 teams in the league — must make their franchise tag decisions by March 9.

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12 comments on “Lions GM On Kenny Golladay, Romeo Okwara

  1. lionsman86

    Eh, let them walk, take the comp picks and open as much cap as possible for 2022,2023

    • Miklo916

      You sound stupid let them walk there worth more I trade then a comp pick

      • Ramon Garciaparra

        It is a sign of the times when one person calls another one stupid for expressing a valid opinion on comp picks and cap space and then proceeds to misuse the word there (it should be their) and then (it should be than)

    • lyingsfan

      I’d rather get a teams 3rd round pick in a trade than a comp pick. There are more variables that go into a comp pick than just Golladay was a good player for the lions.

    • Mr Goodkat

      Ideally you would tag and trade him for a pick this year instead of hoping for a late late 3rd next year.

      Dolphins were able to do exactly that with Jarvis Landry, though they “only” got an early 4th and a 7th. I’d think Golladay has enough value to at least fetch a 3rd.

    • Stabby McShank

      You think he would want to go somewhere where the QB could actually throw the Ball?

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Really makes no sense to make a commitment to Goff and then not lock up Kenny but hey, this is the Lions so anything is possible.

  3. Joe Ferguson

    The Lions are trash. They should let them both walk. Why waste money on players for a last place team?

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