A long day of the New York Giants and sought-after free agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay has ended without the two sides reaching a deal. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports, though, that “the team remains interested — it went very well — and the two sides will stay in contact.”
Golladay’s visit to the Giants East Rutherford, N.J. facility began Thursday evening and then extended throughout the day on Friday.
During the day there were reports that the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears had all reached out to Golladay’s representatives to try and woo the 27-year-old away from the Giants.
There is obvious interest in reaching a deal from both sides, but it’s been well-documented that the Giants entered the process with questions about Golladay’s hip and whether or not he was a fit for Joe Judge’s program.
Newsday’s Tom Rock reported that “Golladay passed the Joe Judge Character Test and the Ronnie Barnes Medical Test, so now it’s a matter of whether the contract can get done.”
Art Stapleton reported that Golladay will stay in the area Friday night while his representatives try to hammer out a deal with the Giants.
Matt Lombardo reported that the Giants are “optimistic” a deal will get done.
There was a report during the day on Friday that Golladay is looking for a deal worth $18.5 million per year, a number the cap-strapped Giants wwould have a difficult time getting close to in a year where the salary cap has gone down from $198.2 million to $182.5 million.
The Giants are obviously serious about upgrading the talent surrounding third-year quarterback Daniel Jones. The 2021 season is a crucial one for Jones and the Giants as they try to get back on a winning track after four straight losing seasons.
Whether Golladay will be part of the solution remains to be seen.