Giants fans can finally sleep peacefully. The waiting was agonizing, but after days of meetings and negotiations, the Giants finally signed top FA WR Kenny Golladay. The 4 year, $72 million contract includes $40 million guaranteed. Many are calling this an overpay… it’s not. With the cap expected to boom in the coming years, and the Giants desperately needing a WR1, it is a perfect deal. Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones were pretty involved in recruiting Kenny, with Saquon tweeting out multiple times for him to come to NY, and Danny Dimes calling him personally to tell him about the culture and the desire to win amongst the team.
So, what does this mean for the Giants and what’s next moving forward?
The deal obviously helps out a Giants offense that hasn’t had a true top target since the trade of dell Beckham Jr. Golladay missed most of last season due to injury, but had two consecutive 1,000 yard seasons prior to last year. Golladay should be an amazing fit for the offense, and his ability on deep balls should help Daniel Jones tremendously. In 2020, Daniel Jones was one of the best deep ball throwers in the league, with an on-target percentage of 51% on deep balls, which was almost 10% higher than the league average.
Golladay’s elite catching ability will surely elevate this part of Daniel Jones’ game. The Giants offense struggled last year when it came to catching the football, so having a guy like Kenny, who’s spectacular catches are no secret, should open up the offense. Another person who will benefit from the signing is Darius Slayton.
Slayton struggled in the WR1 role last year, putting up underwhelming numbers that were nothing like the numbers we saw him put up in his impressive rookie year. The former 5th round pick should (hopefully) get back to what he was doing in his first year in the league. He will not be facing off against top corners, which should alleviate some pressure on him and allow him to get open for big plays.
So what should the Giants do next, primarily in the draft? There’s numerous directions in which the Giants can go, however, I believe the best option is to draft Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater. Slater is a versatile player that the Giants can plug in almost anywhere on the line. The Giants offensive line continued its struggles early last season, with 4th overall pick Andrew Thomas playing horribly to start his career. The o-line did get better as the year went on, including Andrew Thomas, but a guy like Slater could be the finishing touch it needs. Daniel Jones will have no excuses if this man is picked.
The other big option would be to draft a CB. Patrick Surtain would be the best option, however he is most likely going to be gone by the time the Giants pick at 11. Caleb Farley would be the other option in this scenario. The CB situation is still up in the air. The Giants are expected to meet with FA Adoree Jackson, and should he sign with them, a first round CB would pretty much be out of the question.
Then, there’s Micah Parsons. Parsons is extremely talented. He’d be a great addition to the LB core. However, his character issues are extremely concerning. So concerning, in fact, that some say he may fall to the late first round. There’s no doubt that a guy like HC Joe Judge could fix his character. The real question is whether or not the Giants want to take this big a risk when there will more than likely be a safer option. In my opinion, it’s not something the Giants should do at 11th overall. We do not want a repeat of Deandre Baker (even though charges against him were eventually dropped).
There is also Gregory Rousseau and Kwity Paye, the top edge rushers in this draft class. Edge rusher remains to be a top need for the Giants, but are either of these players worth the 11th pick? The short answer is no. Both are raw prospects with much development needed. If the Giants were to trade back, which is a rarity, then one of these guys may be the pick, but GM Dave Gettleman should stay away from them if not.
Finally, there’s the option of taking another offensive weapon. If the Giants want to completely bolster their offense, they’ll take a guy like Kyle Pitts or Jaylen Waddle. This isn’t likely though. While the offense would be lethal, it would be more beneficial to fill a need. I wouldn’t hate the pick, but it wouldn’t be a smart move.
The future of the Giants is looking bright. There are still some holes to fill, but right now it’s seeming like the Giants offseason is going to be a huge win.
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