Chiefs Urged to Sign $72 Million WR After Missing Out on DeAndre Hopkins

Getty Former New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay.

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs are out of the running for free agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the team might look elsewhere within the free agency pool to add a veteran to their youthful receiver room ahead of training camp.

ClutchPoints’ Enzo Flojo suggested they consider signing free agent receiver Kenny Golladay.

“Golladay could provide the Chiefs with a reliable target in the red zone and could help make their receiver corps even deeper,” Flojo wrote on July 17.

What to Know About Kenny Golladay

Kenny Golladay, 29, entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2017. Nicknamed “Babytron,” Golladay was expected to succeed Hall of Fame receiver Calvin Johnson as Detroit’s WR1 early in his career and he did so early on in his NFL career.

After a quiet rookie season, Golladay rattled off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as quarterback Matthew Stafford’s go-to receiver and earned his first and only Pro Bowl nod in 2019 with a 65-1190-11 stat line.

Since the 2019 season, Golladay has struggled with consistency. He missed 11 games in 2020 before signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the New York Giants during the following offseason. During his two seasons with the Giants, he registered 602 receiving yards on 43 catches and 1 touchdown in 26 regular-season games.

Golladay’s production didn’t come close to matching his salary, so the Giants cut him February 28 even though the team has to take on $14.7 million in dead money, per Over The Cap.

Should Chiefs Consider Signing Kenny Golladay?

As it stands, the Chiefs’ receiver room consists of Marquez-Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore, Rashee Rice, Richie James, Justin Watson, Justyn Ross, John Ross, Cornell Powell, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Kekoa Crawford, Ty Fryfogle, Nikko Remigio and Jerrion Ealy.

Though Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes can raise the level of play around him, Kansas City would be better off without Golladay, unless he’s willing to sign a contract that is purely incentive-laden. Adding an injury-prone player with inconsistent production to a position group with a lot of promising talent isn’t a good use of cap space for the Chiefs.

Kansas City — if they are able to free up cap space via a Chris Jones extension — should spend its money elsewhere.

Twitter Chats About Chiefs Receivers

Twitter users have been discussing the state of Kansas City’s receiver room in the wake of free agent receiver DeAndre Hopkins signing with the Tennessee Titans on July 16.

“I remember last season saying how satisfying it would be if the Chiefs won the SB with the receivers we had rather than getting a big name FA,” one user wrote. “I feel the same about this season. Besides, Chiefs need a WR who actually practices bc you never know what the offense is cooking up!”

“There were 10 deadline trades in the NFL last year. 2x more than any previous season,” Adam Best of Arrowhead Addict wrote. “The Chiefs have done a midseason trade 2 years in a row. If KC is unhappy with how their receivers look once the season gets rolling, they can shop for a deal. Hopkins wasn’t the only option.”

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