After posting career-high marks in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2019, Kenny Golladay was hoping to produce even better numbers in a contract year. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened due to various injuries.
Before the season even began, Golladay suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the season. He then returned for five games before suffering a hip injury.
In five games this season, Golladay has 20 receptions for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Those are underwhelming numbers for a player of his caliber.
Despite having such a frustrating season in the Motor City, it sounds like Golladay wants to re-sign with the Lions once his rookie deal expires. In his first public comments since October, the superstar wideout said “I want to be here, like the city, like what’s going on.”
Golladay did address the possibility of him signing elsewhere, but his plan is to remain in Detroit.
“They believed in me,” Golladay said, via the Detroit Free Press. “And say, if a contract, if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, then I’ll go somewhere else and ball out and play. But like I say, I’m a loyal person and of course I want to be here. I started my career here.”
The Lions could use the franchise tag on Golladay, which would pay him roughly $15 million for the 2021 season.
It’s tough to tell what the market will be like for Golladay since he missed so much time this year due to injuries. When healthy though, he’s worth a ton of money because of his ability to be an absolute nightmare to defend in the red zone.
Whether he signs the franchise tag or a long-term deal, Golladay will receive a raise in his annual salary this upcoming offseason.