The deal can be worth around $76 million and includes $40 million ensured, the source stated.
It didn’t occur first with no trip. The Giants had questions for Golladay concerning how his tenure in Detroit ended — he had a shaky relationship with fired coach Matt Patricia — along with the hip injury that forced him to miss the last nine games of the 2020 season. He eased their concerns during meetings that continued all day Friday, sources told ESPN.
Golladay stayed in New York after the trip ended, while he passed one final medical barrier along with the final details of the huge deal were negotiated, sources explained. It allowed him to sign at his preferred landing spot and gave the Giants — most notably quarterback Daniel Jones — the No. 1 receiver that they desperately wanted.
He had hoped to improve on this in 2020, but hamstring and hip injuries limited him to five matches and only 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
A third-round pick by the Lions from Northern Illinois in 2017, the 27-year-old Golladay played in 47 games for Detroit, making 183 catches for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Golladay triumphed in December that his inclination would be to remain in Detroit. Obviously, this was before the trade of Matthew Stafford into the Los Angeles Rams along with the hiring of new coach Dan Campbell and general director Brad Holmes. However, Golladay did say then that his decision could be influenced by what the crime looked like — and if Stafford was with Detroit.
“They drafted me here, so I only want to show my devotion,” Golladay said. “They believed in me. If a contract [with the Lions]… doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, you understand. I then go someplace else and just ball out and perform .”