The Detroit Lions are in the process of overhauling their roster, which could mean star wide receiver Kenny Golladay finds himself a new team in 2021.
With a new general manager in Brad Holmes and a new head coach in Dan Campbell, the Lions turned the page on the Matthew Stafford era by trading their longtime franchise quarterback to the Los Angeles Rams.
Although Jared Goff came back as part of the deal, given his uninspiring play in LA over the past two seasons, it stands to reason Golladay will want out.
Prior to missing 11 games in 2020, Golladay rated as Pro Football Focus‘ 21st-graded receiver in 2018 and was 17th the next year. That was with a dysfunctional football operation around him and Stafford being out for eight starts in 2019.
Rumor has it that Golladay could be franchise tagged, but then traded, possibly for a second-round pick. Let’s look at his most likely landing spots that best fit his ability to play for a winner and potential long-term suitor.
Kenny Golladay to Baltimore Ravens
If the Ravens don’t end up extending MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson this offseason, their next top priority has to be getting him a legitimate receiver to open up the passing game.
Some of the play design by Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman is rightly criticized, but he has drawn up Baltimore’s unique rushing attack that maximizes Jackson’s strengths as a runner. In order for the field general to keep progressing, though, the Ravens have to help him out with easier throws to execute and superior pass-catchers on the outside.
It’s abundantly clear Marquise Brown isn’t a top-flight receiver at this point, although he still has electrifying speed to take the top off a defense and can shake loose on bubble screens. That’s far from the all-around threat Golladay is, though.
Jackson hasn’t had someone he can rely on to throw back-shoulder passes to, or who can really create consistent separation on the outside. Throwing there hasn’t been Jackson’s forte anyway, but Baltimore is doing him no favors as far as personnel is concerned.
Playing for a top-notch organization like the Ravens should be a big draw for Golladay, who’d be the instant go-to guy in the Ravens’ lackluster receiving corps.