Brad Holmes refuses to tip his hand on the Lions franchise tag decision on WR Kenny Golladay

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The Detroit Lions have exactly one week until the March 9th deadline to place the franchise tag on pending free agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Lions GM Brad Holmes did not offer anything definitive on if the team will use the tag on Golladay during his press conference on Tuesday morning.

Golladay’s fate is a burning question amongst Lions fans and it quickly came up in Holmes’ press conference, too.

Holmes, clearly anticipating the line of questioning about the team’s top pending free agent, did not tip his hand at all in his answer.

“I don’t think there’s any debate that Kenny has shown the ability to be a No. 1 receiver in this league,” Holmes said. “And with that skill set that everybody knows that he has, we all know that he has and being at where we’re at from a roster standpoint, there’s also been no debate that Kenny’s been at the forefront of our mind in terms of making sure that we make the best possible decision for not only the Lions but for Kenny. So I wish I had a more direct answer to you to tell you exactly what we’re going to do, but out of respect for the process, I’ll keep that in house.”

As for the time frame, Holmes won’t be rushed into the decision.

“We want to make the best decision for the Lions and sometimes those decisions take a little bit longer,” Holmes said. “And the great thing is that we have a process in place that we believe in that we’ve been firm in. When we really start the planning stages of the process, that process can go all the way up to when you have to make the decision.”

When asked if the team had negotiated with Golladay on a possible contract extension, Holmes said he’d keep that information private out of respect for Golladay.