While the New York Giants have gotten off to a hot 2-0 start in 2022, the same can not be said for wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
The 2019 Pro Bowler posted a measly two receptions for 22 yards on two targets in the team's Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans and was not targeted at all in New York's Week 2 victory against the Carolina Panthers. Golladay's offensive snaps dropped from 46 to two from the Tennesse game to the Carolina contest.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the wideout's days in a Giants' uniform could be numbered.
"The highly paid pass catcher is expected to be active for tonight's game against the Dallas Cowboys, hoping for more productivity than he has provided during the first two weeks and another chance to show New York's new coaching staff that he can get it done. If it doesn't happen against Dallas, and if the storyline regarding his playing time loudly continues, there are options," Rapoport wrote. "Among them: The Giants could trade Golladay to an interested party, and likely the only way it would work is if New York pays the bulk of his contract in exchange for a late-round pick. That is a possibility. Through today's game, sources say Golladay has been great inside the building. He does all the right things and has been a positive influence in the locker room. When he's spoken, he's been honest but not bombastic."
In the aftermath of the 28-year-old's virtual no-show against the Panthers, he made it clear that he was not happy about his lack of playing time.
"As of now, the situation is tenable. If Golladay becomes disgruntled or his relationship with New York becomes more of a problem, the Giants may take action. A release would be a last resort," Rapoport wrote. "A trade, however, is possible. Simply, the Giants would eat much of the salary, allowing another team to trade for an effectively low-cost Golladay."
During his Pro Bowl campaign with the Detroit Lions, Golladay recorded 1,190 receiving yards and a league-leading 11 touchdowns. After an injury-shortened 2020 season with the Lions, he signed a four-year, $72 million contract with New York, but he finished 2021 with just 37 receptions on 76 targets (good for a career-worst 48.7 catch percentage), with 521 receiving yards and zero touchdowns for the first time in his five NFL seasons.
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