Kenny Golladay's 'strange' situation continues to unfold for the Giants

Kenny Golladay’s ‘strange’ situation continues to unfold for the Giants

The New York Giants’ Kenny Golladay soap opera seems to be just getting started, with questions and speculation continuing to arise.

Golladay, in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract, played just two games Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Pro Football Network reported on Tuesday that “don’t think he can help them right now” and that head coach Brian Daboll has been facetiming with free agent wide receivers.

PFN’s Aaron Wilson wrote:

The Giants run a meritocracy, according to a league source. There’s nothing promised to any player, especially those who are holdovers from the Dave Gettleman-Joe Judge era.

Under new coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, they’re just trying to play the players they think give the team the best chance of winning right now. And their actions speak volumes about Golladay. They don’t think he can help them right now. Therefore, why does he not play more.

“It’s a bad contract, and they inherited Kenny,” a league source said. “Brian and Joe aren’t just going to play a guy because he’s making a lot of money. He’s not their guy. They’re playing their guys. That’s how it is.”

It’s similar to what I wrote on Monday, when I said the Giants “just go by what they see and play the guys doing the best job. I also wrote on Monday that because Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen weren’t responsible for bringing Golladay to the Giants, they don’t feel the pressure of having to justify his contract or prove they were right to bring him to the team.

Giants defensive back Julian Love admitted on WFAN on Tuesday that Golladay’s situation was “weird.”

“It’s a difficult situation. (Brian Daboll), as soon as he walked into the building, he said we would be operating on a weekly basis – kind of like what can you bring to the table each week? Love said. “In terms of roles, I was lining up at linebacker most of this week, so our inside linebackers have dropped their snap count significantly. Nothing went wrong, that’s how it is. It’s like that also in attack, they saw something in Sills, he had some good plays in the game. That will fluctuate, so we’ll see how this week goes in terms of Kenny.

“But he is locked up. He is ready. His locker is right next to mine in the locker room. He’s just doing his job, he comes early, he comes late like all of us. We’ll see how that changes. It’s certainly a strange situation, but [Daboll] keeps his word and he is looking for the best matchups and the best opportunities on Sunday.

As I also wrote on Monday, PFN advised that there was no problem with Golladay’s attitude and that his lack of post-game availability for the media on Sunday night was not an issue.

“Not talking to the media is the main reason he’s not here after the game,” a source said. “Like a lot of players, they dress fast and get out of there. It’s nothing new. A lot of guys do that even if they’re playing a good game. It’s not really a big priority for them.

About those FaceTime sessions

For what it’s worth, FaceTiming is one of Daboll’s favorite activities.

That said, if the Giants are actually looking for help for a wide receiver, there aren’t many of them.

The big fish there is Odell Beckham Jr., and I’m going to take a chance and say the odds of Beckham returning to the Giants are slim to nil, leaning heavily towards none.

Beckham has suffered three major injuries in his career, a fractured ankle in 2016 with the Giants and two torn ACLs. He is 29 years old. He sees his football mortality. The Giants may be 2-0, but you’re wrong if you think the Giants are a team capable of making a deep playoff run. First of all, why would Beckham go to a team that doesn’t have a legitimate chance of winning the 2023 Super Bowl?

There are myriad reasons the Giants wouldn’t reunite with Beckham. Here is a couple.

  • Silver. The Giants currently have $5.159 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap. Does anyone think Beckham is playing for a minimum or near minimum contract? I do not know.
  • Giants build. It’s really the same reason I gave above for why Beckham wouldn’t come to New York. The Giants are not a point guard. They are building. Why would they sign Beckham, who is unlikely to be part of the long-term answer?
  • Culture. It’s not a blow to Beckham. It’s just to acknowledge that it’s New York, Beckham is Beckham, and because of those two things, he would bring a media circus into the Giants locker room. As they try to build something lasting, why would Joe Schoen entrust this to his freshman coach? I don’t believe he would.

So who could Daboll FaceTiming be?

Cole Beasley, former Dallas Cowboy and Buffalo Bill, has just signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Perhaps the best wide receiver available is former Houston Texans Will Fuller. Adam Humphries (320 receptions in seven seasons) is a free agent. Longtime Indianapolis Colts wide receiver TY Hilton is there, though only he knows if he wants to play — or if the Colts are the only team he would return for. John Brown had a 100-yard season for Daboll with the Bills in 2019.

Greg Ward and Isaiah Ford are other guys who have played for Giants wide receiver coach Mike Groh in the past.

Or, the Giants could wait for rookie Wan’Dale Robinson to recover and, if Kadarius Toney continues to struggle to stay on the field, give Darius Slayton a full chance.

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