Kenny Golladay’s watch continued on Friday, as the Giants fanbase eagerly waited to know if the big-play wide receiver was coming to their team. And, more precisely, waiting to see if the Giants, after meeting with Golladay, were ready to sign his incorporation.
Golladay arrived at the Giants’ facility Thursday afternoon for a visit that included dinner. That visit ran through Friday night, with Golladay meeting head coach Joe Judge, members of the offensive staff and also general manager Dave Gettleman. The Giants wanted to have Golladay in their building, see him physically, and also find out if it would be a suitable culture for a franchise that, with Judge making the decisions, isn’t blinded by talent alone.
The Giants needed a medical checkup on Golladay, who played in just five games in 2020, and missed two games with a hamstring problem and another nine games with a hip flexor injury. The Giants sent Golladay to the Hospital for Special Surgery for an examination Friday.
The visit ended with Golladay leaving the facility early Friday afternoon, but he remained in the area overnight. The visit went well, according to a source, with the Giants apparently pleased by what they heard from Golladay. Contract negotiations were underway and the Giants seemed confident that a deal could be reached.
It is not Golladay, the player, who makes the Giants stop here. They know that he would instantly become the missing physical presence in their passing game. They understand that Golladay running down the field and carrying passes from Daniel Jones would change the complexion of his attack. They also realize that it is not the second coming of Randy Moss. Still, the Giants are also quite aware of the psychic jolt of energy that a Golladay signing would inject into their fanbase and certainly those who roam the hallways and work in the building where the Giants work and practice.
The Giants insisted on an in-person visit to Golladay, 27, because they wanted answers to questions they had about him.
The Giants needed to investigate what happened last season, when Golladay hurt his hip in a Nov. 1 loss to the Colts. He did not play again, but was not put on injured reserve, as the Lions were hopeful of his return. It was speculated that Golladay, in search of a new contract, would not rush back to the field.
Darrell Bevell, the Lions’ acting head coach, said last season that claim was unwarranted. When asked if Golladay was making a business decision by not playing, Bevell told reporters in Detroit: “I can be clear that he is not.”
A source told The Post that Golladay, during the 2020 season, turned down what was believed to be a long-term extension with the Lions for $ 18 million a year. Other great receivers Amari Cooper, Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins signed new deals averaging at least $ 20 million per year. A source said Golladay was considering that annual compensation. He’s not going to get that in free agency and he probably won’t come close.
Golladay organized a media boycott last season that lasted more than a month. In October, he posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “This cost you!” It was believed that he meant that the Lions did not commit to a new contract. Not long after that, he “liked” an NFL Instagram post that said Detroit head coach Matt Patricia had been fired.
The Giants needed to hear what happened. Remember, Judge told Golden Tate to stay home on a road trip to Washington for what Judge considered selfish acts on the part of the receiver. That Tate’s wife complained about his use on social media didn’t help. Tate was released this offseason.
At the end of last season, Golladay broke his media silence and said: “I mean, everyone knows what I’m capable of. I wasn’t worried like, ‘I need to play, man. I have to show it to people. ‘ People know who Kenny Golladay is and I was really trying to make sure my body was okay. I don’t want to go out and record bad things. ”
Judge is in a relationship with Patricia from their years of coaching together on Bill Belichick’s Patriots staff. Judge can (and certainly has) come close to Patricia about Golladay. Belichick also has Patricia as a resource. That the Giants and Patriots, two teams that went into free agency looking for receivers, did not seize the opportunity to sign Golladay is telling. That Golladay, considered by many to be the best catcher on the market, was not an early signing of anyone in the league is also revealing.
The Giants this offseason added Kyle O’Brien to their personnel department and he is another source of information for Golladay. O’Brien spent the past five seasons with the Lions and was there in 2017 when Golladay was selected from Northern Illinois in the third round of the NFL draft.