Michael Irvin says Giants need to sign Kenny Golladay

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The New York Giants will be seeking offensive playmakers this offseason in both free agency and in the NFL draft. They are expected to use the No. 11 overall pick on either a game-breaking wide receiver or Florida TE Kyle Pitts — if he’s still on the board.

They can, however, ease that need in free agency the month before by signing a No. 1 wideout. Former Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst, Michael Irvin, believes he has the perfect fit for the Giants in Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golliday.

“They should absolutely you try to get that kid,” Irvin said recently. “I think he would make a huge difference and give the Giants something that they need from wide receiver position. Allen Robinson is another guy that may be coming, but a guy like Golladay would be big in New York.”

Robinson, of course, has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL the past few seasons, first with Jacksonville and more recently with Chicago. He will be costly and many believe he could be a candidate for the franchise tag this year with the Bears if they can’t get him under contract.

Golladay is a big target, similar to Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans in style at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds. He was a Pro Bowler in 2019, reeling in 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 1,063 yards on 70 catches in 2018.

Golladay will be in for a big pay day even though missed the majority of the 2020 season with hamstring and hip injuries.

“He appeared in five games in all, pacing for 80/1,352/8 in the four he was completely healthy for,” writes Rotoworld. “Golladay, 27, would prefer to test free agency and escape Detroit’s inevitable rebuild but will likely get reluctantly slapped with the franchise tag this offseason. If able to test the waters, he’ll likely garner a long-term deal in the range of $18-$20 million annually.”

That might be too rich for the Giants, who won’t have a ton of cap space to deal with this offseason.