It is not often that a wide receiver drives an offensive unit. That role generally goes to the quarterback or a running back. For the Detroit Lions it is in fact a wide receiver that drives the offense and quite frankly the Lions offense would be a train wreck without him ( see the first two weeks of the season.) Kenny Golladay is a difference maker, who just so happens to be in the market for a new contract.
After a huge catch that set up the Detroit Lions win against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon, Kenny Golladay said, “Any time the ball is in the air, I want it to be mine,” it has to be mine. I just got to make that play.”
Mind you the catch came with a Falcon’s safety draped all over Golladay. That is usually the case. Golladay is used to being covered tight and most times pass interference could be called. Yet time and time again Kenny Golladay comes down with the football, because he’s is that good.
The Detroit Lions began the season with Golladay injured and they looked bad on offense. Bad enough that fans and media wondered if Detroit head coach Matt Patricia would be fired. Then Golladay returned from injury and the Lions offense began to heat up. Because he’s that good.
With Golladay’s return the Detroit Lions are about to play some meaningful football in November, and those meaningful games will come largely against terrible teams over the next month to month and a half.
Certainly the level of opponents has helped the Lions get going. But one thing that should not be overlooked is that the Lions were 0-2 when Golladay was injured, since his return the team is 3-1.
The Detroit Lions began negotiating a contract extension with Golladay last summer, but the sides have not been able to come to an agreement. Golladay is still playing out the final year of his rookie deal. Base salary: $2.13 million.
What is the going rate for a top 10 receiver in the NFL you ask? It starts at $16.25 million. Kenny Golladay is worth it, because he’s that good.