The Giants brought out the full-court press on Kenny Golladay over the past three days.
The former Detroit Lions receiver arrived at Giants headquarters Thursday as the top remaining free agent at his position. He left Saturday much richer. Golladay ended up staying in the area for two nights and spending parts of three days at the team facility as the Giants wined, dined and interviewed him while negotiating a deal with his agent.
When Golladay signed the four-year contract worth up to $76 million with the Giants on Saturday — he’s now the sixth-highest-paid receiver in football — it was apparent that the full-court press had worked.
Notably, it’d been highlighted by coach Joe Judge and some of Golladay’s new teammates.
Defensive back Jabrill Peppers took the 2019 Pro Bowler out to dinner on Friday night. Quarterback Daniel Jones reached out to Golladay with a message that inspired him.
“He just said how good of a player that he thought I was, and I pretty much said the same thing about him,” Golladay said of Jones during a Saturday evening Zoom media conference. “He also just said, ‘We’re trying to do something great here,’ and that’s what I’m all about.”
After two middling seasons to open his NFL career, Jones is looking for a boost in Year 3. The Giants hope that Golladay’s 6-foot-4 frame and excellent contested-catch ability can provide it. Jones led the league in passer rating on throws that traveled over 20 yards last season, and Golladay has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his past two healthy campaigns.