With tensions emerging within the Big Apple, the Dallas Cowboys may just in finding a answer for his or her receiver woes via turning to a rival. New York Giants famous person receiver Kenny Golladay is taking part in handiest 36% of the snaps throughout the first two weeks of the seasons, together with simply two performs in Week 2.
This is lower than excellent for a receiver whom the Giants inked to a four-year, $72 million contract in 2021 and who has a $13 million wage for this season. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler famous the Giants may well be open to buying and selling Golladay, however New York would most likely want to devour a significant portion of the receiver’s deal to search out a suitor.
“The Kenny Golladay situation in New York is far from over,” Fowler wrote on September 21. “When a receiver with a $21.15 million cap hit plays two snaps on Sunday, there’s no coming back from that. This is the classic case of a new regime — GM Joe Schoen, coach Brian Daboll — taking over a contract it wouldn’t have done itself. And when that’s the case, teams look for exit strategies. The Giants didn’t do anything with Golladay’s contract in the preseason because the guarantees hamstrung them. His $13 million salary and $4.5 million roster bonus are locked in. Zero wiggle room.
“But a similar situation unfolded in the New York area a few years ago, with the Jets and Le’Veon Bell. GM Joe Douglas, who didn’t do the Bell deal, decided the Jets were better off paying Bell his $13 million in guarantees to go away, first trying to trade him before releasing him. The difference is Golladay, as an accomplished wide receiver with red zone scoring potential, could have some trade value if the Giants agree to cover most of his salary. Something to watch, because Golladay can’t be satisfied with his role.”
What Would a Trade for Golladay Look Like?
Given Golladay’s bloated deal, the Cowboys would most likely handiest want to ship a long run day-three select to the Giants. In this situation, Dallas would nonetheless be pushing for a industry very similar to the only Carolina pulled off with Cleveland for Baker Mayfield. The Panthers have been ready to land Mayfield for a long run day-three select whilst the Browns paid the vast majority of the quarterback’s wage.
The Cowboys nonetheless have $12.8 million in closing cap area however have been hesitant to spend money over the offseason. The larger query for Dallas to reply to is whether or not Golladay’s possible upside would warrant a industry. The receiver posted back-to-back seasons with greater than 1,000 yards in 2018 and 2019 whilst serving because the Lions most sensible offensive choice. Golladay’s easiest season got here in 2019 when the wideout posted 65 receptions for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns in 16 begins, incomes a Pro Bowl nomination.
Golladay: ‘I Should Be Playing Regardless’
The problem is Golladay has no longer come just about the 1,000 yards mark since 2019. The receiver failed to attain a landing right through his first season with the Giants, notching 37 catches for 521 yards right through his 14 appearances in 2021.
There is a reason why to assume that Golladay would carry out higher within the Cowboys offense along CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. If Dallas can profit from a contentious state of affairs in New York, a Golladay industry is price exploring for the fitting value. Heading into Week 3, Golladay made his emotions transparent that he “should be playing regardless” as a substitute of spending the vast majority of video games at the sideline.
“I really didn’t have a choice, like I said I don’t agree with it [taking a reduced role],” Golladay informed newshounds on September 21. “I should be playing regardless. … We’re not going to get into all that right now. We’re going into Week 3. We’re going to see how it goes. There’s a lot of football left.”
With Gallup just about returning to the sphere, the Cowboys receiver intensity chart is beginning to glance much less worrisome. It nonetheless stays a thriller whether or not Noah Brown, rookie Jalen Tolbert or any other playmaker can emerge as a constant WR3 subsequent to Lamb and Gallup. The Giants could also be hesitant to deal Golladay throughout the department however may just get determined sufficient to transport the veteran off the roster if the receiver continues to voice his displeasure.
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