By Ralph Vacchiano
FOX Sports NFC East Writer
The new Giants regime wasn’t responsible for throwing a $72 million contract at Kenny Golladay, but they do have to deal with the fallout. He’s their problem now, like it or not.
And Giants coach Brian Daboll had better figure out a way to deal with it before it gets any worse.
There’s no doubt now that it is a problem, after the 28-year-old Golladay went public with his unhappiness over a reduced role on Wednesday, three days after he was barely on the field during the Giants’ win over the Carolina Panthers. He played just two snaps in that game despite being healthy. And that came one week after only two passes were thrown his way on Opening Day.
Golladay, as everyone should have expected, wasn’t happy — nor was he willing to hide it.
“I should be playing, regardless,” Golladay told the media. “That’s a fact.”
He also added: “I came here to play. I’m pretty sure they’re also paying me to play.”
He’s certainly right about that last part. Golladay will be paid $17.5 million this season and carries a cap number of $21.15 million, which is an enormous waste of resources for a player getting just two snaps in any game. Clearly, the Giants would prefer he wasn’t on the roster. But it would cost them even more to cut him. And given his lack of production last season when he had battled injuries and had just 37 catches for 521 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games, no one is going to trade for him and take on what’s left of his $13 million salary, plus another $4.5 million next year.
So he’s stuck. And the Giants are stuck. Daboll and Giants GM Joe Schoen clearly want to invest their time and efforts in players who are going to be part of the Giants’ future, and Golladay isn’t part of that plan. He’s not their guy and never will be. That was clear this summer when Golladay was battling back from an undisclosed offseason surgery and several players passed him on the depth chart, leaving him as one of the few veterans to…
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Publish date : 2022-09-22 12:32:20
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