Does Kenny Golladay have a future with the Detroit Lions?

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Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Photo by Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
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Making business decisions

Meanwhile, for everyone who is saying, ‘why is Golladay even trying to come back since the Lions are out of playoff contention anyway?’ The answer is simple; Kenny is making a business decision.

Kenny has expressed his interest in staying put in Detroit with a long-term deal. Whether that falls in line with what the Lions new regime will want or not, if Kenny were able to get some quality playing time in either of the final two games of the season and perform like he is expected to perform, that will go a long way towards helping him reach his contractual goals.

Whether that’s with the Lions or some other team.

As for his interest in the Lions, well, that will have to be another business decision. We have to understand that who Sheila brings in as the new general manager and head coach and how they reach out to him will affect his desire one way or another to return.

Another factor could very well be whether the Lions’ new regime decides to hold on to Matthew Stafford or move on from him.

For Kenny, there is a certain comfort to having Matthew back in the pocket. The two have become a good combination for the Lions and Kenny trusts Matthew as much as Stafford trusts Golladay to make big-time catches.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that if the Lions’ new brain trust decides to rebuild from the ground up, which they quite frankly should, that moving on from Matthew would be a deal-breaker for Kenny.

But rebuilding from the ground up could make Kenny a luxury that the Lions can’t afford.

If the Lions trade Matthew Stafford and draft their quarterback of the future next April, all while rebuilding the whole team, then Golladay could very well be a casualty of that movement.

You might think that a young quarterback could use an explosive receiver like Kenny to help his progress. Yet for a young quarterback, the most important asset he could have to help his transition to the NFL is a productive running back.

That will be D’Andre Swift who is on his rookie contract and will give the Lions some inexpensive but talented service to compliment the young passer. They also have tight end T.J. Hockenson on an affordable contract who could fill the role of security blanket for the inexperienced signal-caller.

The Lions certainly seem to be a team in transition. They need far more than just some re-tooling. They need to empty out all the deadwood from this roster and make good draft choices as well as finding young players with talent to build around.

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Will Kenny Golladay be one of the assets that the new regime will want to bring back? Only time will tell, but the chances of Golladay’s time with the Lions running out may increase if Sheila’s new regime does the right thing and burns this roster to the ground so it can be rebuilt.