However, if Golladay gets what he wants, it appears the New York Giants are the clubhouse leader for the 2019 NFL leader in touchdown catches (11).
According to ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan, Golladay is pushing to join the Giants, who will likely host the 27-year-old receiver for a visit soon.
My understanding is that Kenny Golladay and the Giants have mutual interest. Golladay wants to be in New York and has been pushing to make this happen throughout the process.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 17, 2021
A good sign if Giants like what they hear and see from a potential visit. #Giants #NFLFreeAgency
So while it’s nice to see Cincinnati making a play for one of the top overall free agents in this cycle, they appear to be in second place at best for the time being.
In terms of cap space, the Bengals have about $20 million but can get an extra $15 million by cutting Geno Atkins and Bobby Hart.
As for the Giants, they have around $6 million but can free up almost $13 million by cutting Evan Engram and Jabrill Peppers. It’s more likely they’d restructure some other contracts to free up enough space to make a good offer to Golladay, but the Bengals appear to be in better position to offer more money if it becomes a bidding war.
The good news is even if the Bengals don’t land Golladay, it’s clear they want to add another impact wide receiver, and several others like Curtis Samuel, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton and Josh Reynolds are still available.
Still, signing Golladay would be a major upgrade to a roster that desperately needs more help on offense. Upgrading the offensive line has been the main focus, but having a guy like Golladay would also make life a lot easier on Joe Burrow as he heads into his second NFL season.
This also could signal the Bengals will consider a wide receiver with the fifth-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft if they’re unable to land someone big. Among the receivers who could be worthy of a top-five pick include Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.