Golladay, who was offered a one-year deal by the Bengals, has been meeting with the New York Giants for the last day or so. While that’s been going on, per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Baltimore Ravens reached out to Golladay’s camp to see if there would be interest.
Here’s a twist to the free-agent WRs: the Ravens have reached out to Kenny Golladay’s agent, Todd France, to inquire about the former Lions’ wideout.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2021
The Ravens are still definitely in the market for a receiver, but per NFL insider Josina Anderson, there are concerns as to whether or not the Ravens have enough cap space to acquire Golladay.
Hearing some caution this am as to whether the #Ravens have the cap space to pull off signing Kenny Golladay at his perceived price, per source. Teams customarily reach out to FAs to keep tabs on the market & their price. #Giants felt good abt things, as of yesterday. We'll see.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2021
On Thursday, it was reported that the Chicago Bears met with Golladay and were making a push for him. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, we now know their offer was also a one-year deal worth about $11-12 million.
The #Bears have been making an aggressive pitch to sign Kenny Golladay, and the belief is they have offered 1-year deal in the $11M-$12M range, per @BradBiggs. The plan would be to pair Golladay with Allen Robinson and give Chicago one of the best receiver duos in the NFL.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 19, 2021
This officially makes four teams in the race for Golladay. While the Ravens can be considered the underdog due to the salary cap, the Bears, Giants, and Bengals figure to all be in play.
Golladay reportedly approached the Bengals about a one-year deal to play with Joe Burrow and up his asking price for next year when the cap goes up. Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Golladay’s asking price (presumably for a multi-year deal) is at $18.5.
Per a league source, Golladay is looking for a contract with a value in the range of $18.5 million per year.
It seems highly unlikely that the Bengals would compete with that kind of offer. If the Giants or another unknown club want to ink Golladay to that value for multiple years, then that would be where the #GollaDEY hype would end.
But if Golladay can’t get that offer and has to resort back to a one-year deal, then the Bengals are right back in the mix.