5 former Detroit Lions who are unsurprisingly still free agents as June nears

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Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
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1. WR Kenny Golladay

Golladay's two-year stint with the New York Giants was an abject disaster after he signed a big contract with them. There's no other way to describe it, as his role quickly became nil in a talent-bare wide receiver corps last year. So the decision by then-new Lions general manager Brad Holmes in 2021 to not sign him to a multi-year deal, or even franchise tag him, has been proven resoundingly correct.

In a vacuum Golladay still has the size, and possibly the skill set, that yielded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Lions in 2018 and 2019 and a league-high 11 receiving touchdowns in 2019. But he's also now 29 years, and set to turn 30 during the 2023 season.

At any point this offseason, and surely/obviously still now, Golladay is in no position to demand anything more than a veteran's mininum contract. Once the draft was over, taking a flier on him became more palatable for teams with any level of lingering need at wide receiver. Yet, there's been nothing suggesting anyone is interested. Any idea of a reunion with the Lions, or a reunion with Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles with the Rams (h/t to SI and SiriusXM fantasy football analyst Michael Fabiano on the latter note), has not come to fruition.

Someone will probably give Golladay a shot at some point, maybe when training camp is closer or if injuries hit when camps start. On the surface it feels surprising no one has taken a flier on him yet. But getting down to it, it's not really too shocking he's still available as June 1 looms.

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