Ranking NY Giants’ moves in free agency
1) Signing Kenny Golladay
Gettleman made it his impetus to get quarterback Daniel Jones play-makers this off-season – enter Kenny Golladay.
The former Detroit Lions receiver has been the apple of the Giants’ general manager’s eye since rumors swirled about a trade at this year’s deadline. Gettleman wanted Golladay, and he wanted the NY Giants – it was a perfect match for the two sides.
After a meeting that spanned days, the team’s brass signed off on his medicals, attitude and fit – giving him a four year deal worth a maximum of $72 million. Now, the former Northern Illinois Husky will try to be to his quarterback what Plaxico Burress was for Jones’ predecessor, Eli Manning.
Burress came to the Giants through free agency in 2005 – immediately clicking with Manning on the field. The two famous connected for the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl 42, along with 35 other touchdowns as well.
Golladay brings to the team almost everything they were missing on offense. A downfield threat, a red-zone target, the ability to make contested catches – he’s one of the league’s best at all three.
At 27 years old, he comes to the Giants at the perfect time. Unlike the signing of Golden Tate years prior, the team is getting an ascending receiver who’s best days are right in-front of him – not in his rear-view.
The Giants’ offense as a whole will benefit from Golladay, but it can help catapult Jones to another stratosphere. The move looks a lot like one from last off-season – when the Buffalo Bills brought in receiver Stefon Diggs.
That move paid off huge, as the Bills ended up one game away from the Super Bowl.
The Giants made it their mission to get play-makers this off-season, to get Jones a top receiver. They did that by signing Golladay – and the immediate impact he’ll have makes it their best move of free agency.