You have to admire the Derriott Lions. For such a desperate franchise, this organization still manages to give its stars the respect they deserve, which bodes well for Kenny Galladay.
Matt Stafford, do you want to go? Okay, yeah, we’ll find someplace where we can find you. Does Calvin Johnson want to retire early? Of course we understand. Do we have a chance to tag Kenny Golladay and try to return to mediocrity? No, let him go. If he’s not with us, he at least deserves to be paid.
As for Golladay, he’s the man of the hour: Yes, he already has injury fever. Yeah, maybe his stats were a bit infamous as the only real deep threat to Stafford in a week. But he’s still young. It’s always dynamic. And he can still take the team over the top. Let’s see who will benefit the most from his considerable talents:
3. New York Giants
The New York Football Giants have been an enigma in recent years. Since David Gettleman took over as GM, this franchise has had a strange and dark run. Three coaches in almost as many years, the most bizarre quarterback carousel in recent years, the odd contracting of a free agent to lead the offense….. to run the offense.
Daniel Jones is getting better as a passer and decision maker, not to mention offensively. He was also one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, even though he usually looked like a real statue.
The front office struck on almost all fronts in setting up the defense last season, bringing back crucial DT Leonard Williams (11.5 sacks in 2020-21). James Bradberry continues to be a rock, Logan Ryan is developing.
All indications are that a football team will be resurrected in the Meadowlands next season.
All they need now is a gun for Danny to throw coins. Saquon Barkley is back and is supposed to be 100% again, which is good. Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard are outstanding secondary talents inside and outside the slot. But Evan Engram and his hands of stone failed, and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that one of the most coveted receivers in the draft will go to the Giants on the 11th pick.
Gettleman has shown a reluctance to make super-splashy signs. It is time to change this perception.
2. Indianapolis Colts
If that happens, the Indianapolis Colts are the immediate favorites to challenge Kansas City for the AFC crown next year.
They’ve already replaced the geriatric Philip Rivers with the raw talent of Carson Wentz, who is just a few years away from being a legitimate MVP candidate, and they’re getting Frank Reich back, the guy who coached him into the job in the first place.
Their running game is a stumbling block next season, especially if Jonathan Taylor can build on the huge strides he made in the second half of his rookie year. Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell are talented enough to distract Golladay’s defense without jeopardizing touchdowns when healthy.
DeForest Buckner controls one of the NFL’s most tenacious defenders, and Quenton Nelson is already in the discussion as the best offensive lineman in the league.
If Kenny Galladay wants a winner, he’ll find it in Indianapolis. Additionally, the team under the cap can pay for Golladay’s services, while the team under the cap gives him the gift of talent identification and development.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Just thoughts of the big brain.
Of course, the Jaguars did nothing. Of course, their coaching staff is nothing special, at least not lately. Of course, they have a reputation for being middlemen.
But so is Buffalo. At least until they get the right quarterback.
College football genius (and the scariest face resting in football) Urban Meyer now runs the ship in Jacksonville, with all the humor and angst he brings.
The Jaguars have intriguing offensive options in DJ Chark and Keelan Cole and have found a diamond in rookie running back James Robinson. With the vast amount of space now available to them, Golladay will become the number one talent in a talented group of players.
But more importantly, Jacksonville has a chance to take the best quarterback since Andrew Luck in this year’s draft with the top No. 1 pick. 1 No Duh from recent memory.
Trevor Lawrence, brought into the league by a coach who knows his talent inside out, with a solid core of receivers and a solid running game that was further bolstered by Kenny Golladay, and a solid talent in Cam Robinson to lead the offensive line and prove the year?
Add Florida sunshine and no state taxes and you have no room for Kenny Galladay.