Take Kenny Golladay trade rumors with a grain of salt

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

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With the trade deadline approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 3, rumors will be flowing in like a stream into a river. Potential moves surrounding the Detroit Lions will be abundant, especially since they’ve already been active in the trade front by acquiring defensive end Everson Griffen from the Dallas Cowboys this past week.

Many rumors have already circulated in regards to the Lions. There’s been talk in the media that they could explore trading players like wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr and linebacker Jarrad Davis as they’re on expiring contracts.

One particular rumor that has stood out among the Lions’ fanbase is a potential trade involving wide receiver Kenny Golladay, specifically to the New York Giants. While Golladay is on an expiring contract, I don’t believe he’s on the trade block as Detroit is in a win-now mode.

Golladay is widely seen as a huge part of the Lions’ future. While he’s not under contract beyond this season, the front office in Detroit will most likely do everything in their power to keep him in Detroit for the foreseeable future.

In regards to those trade rumors, they don’t seem realistic. The Giants, with a record of 1-6, are a team that’s in its rebuilding stages and are far more likely to sell assets than buy.

While Giants quarterback Daniel Jones lacks a true number one option in the passing game, Golladay wouldn’t be the right person to acquire. Golladay would also cost a lot financially as he’s expected to fetch potentially $18-22 million a season in his next contract.

The Giants may not be able to afford that as they only have an estimated $20.6 million in salary cap space for the 2021 season as of now per spotrac.com. While they can make roster moves to accommodate, their focus financially should be locking up star running back Saquon Barkley, who’s the face of the franchise

Let’s say the Lions would actually trade Golladay and he was sent to the Giants, just to get him, they’d have to surrender at least a first or second-round pick plus more. With New York having one of the worst records in the league, that first rounder will most certainly be in the top 10 and very well among the first five.

The Giants would be stupid to part ways with a high draft pick for Golladay, a rental who can walk away to a different team once the season ends. They’re much better off saving that pick to draft a wide receiver themselves or an offensive lineman which is an area of weakness

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To simply put it, take any Kenny Golladay trade rumors with a grain of salt. It doesn’t make sense for the win-now Detroit Lions to do it so Golladay is going nowhere.