Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay was happy that he and the New York Giants agreed on a contract this offseason. Golladay, who was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft, spent his first four NFL seasons in Detroit.
Golladay, who became a free agent this offseason, was one of the biggest names to hit free agency at his position. "It was kind of like a no-brainer and I'm glad it worked out," Golladay told reporters Saturday evening.
Daniel Jones, the promising Giants quarterback, needed a No. 1 wide receiver and the Giants went out and fulfilled him his wish. On Friday, Golladay met with the Giants and he had to explain a few things such as his rocky relationship with ex-Lions coach Matt Patricia and some details surrounding his hip injury.
After the meeting was over, both sides were satisfied and the Giants gave Golladay a four-year, $72 million deal. "Just the pieces on offense," Golladay said of what made the Giants so attractive. "Those guys actually kind of reached out to me and I liked the vision that coach Joe Judge had and [offensive coordinator] Jason Garrett, as far as the offense, and I was all the way in."
Quarterback Jones badly wanted Golladay
"[Jones] reached out," Golladay said. "He just said how good of a player that he thought I was and I pretty much said the same thing about him. "He also just said, you know, 'We're trying to do something great here,' and that's what I'm all about."
Jones believes that Golladay is excited to be a Giant and that he loves the team's mindset. "He was interested in the culture we have in the building and the mindset of the team," Jones said. "I think he had heard it from coaches but wanted to hear how we saw it as players and how much we believed in it.
I think finding the right fit in that sense was important to him. I can't wait to get out on the field and get to work with him." Golladay will do everything he can to prove that he was worth the given money. "This team is going to get a competitor, a guy who's going to come in, work, he's going to try to push other guys and have fun with it," Golladay said. "I want to have fun while I'm doing this; that's what I'm doing it for. Just a playmaker."