Does Kenny Golladay have a future with the Detroit Lions?

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
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Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
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There is no denying Golladay’s talent

Outside of the Matthew Stafford decision, which will be the most pivotal move the new regime will make, probably the next biggest will be deciding what to do with Kenny Golladay.

With injuries keeping Golladay out of the lineup all year except four games, it has been a lost season for the Lions’ talented young receiver.

Yet when healthy there is no denying Golladay’s talent. He is a force opponents have to game plan against and the Lions’ offense isn’t the same without him.

But time marches on regardless and whoever the new general manager and head coach are, they will have to decide if they want to bring Kenny back and at what cost.

When Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia were shown the door, Golladay drew some attention on social media for liking a tweet about the former regime. Golladay was of course frustrated with his contract negotiations and that made Quinn and Patricia a focal point for that frustration.

One way or another, Quinn is no longer in a position to frustrate or negotiate with Kenny. However, when Sheila Ford Hamp complete’s the process of hiring her new regime, they will have to decide if Golladay fits into their plans and if they are willing to meet Kenny’s contractual demands.

From a personnel standpoint, Golladay is a big explosive receiver who can make plays down the field. He fights for the ball as well as any receiver in the NFL and is the prototypical receiver for a quarterback to throw the 50/50 ball to,

There is only one flaw in Kenny’s game; he doesn’t consistently create separation. Most of us don’t notice it because even if a cornerback has great coverage on Golladay, Kenny is still the one who comes down with the ball.

Running crisper routes is the only thing standing in the way of Kenny maximizing his talents and value. But coming off a season lost to injury, that could cause some concern for the Lions’ new general manager. Especially in light of Golladay’s asking price.