The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were once one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL, but Tom Brady lacks consistent weapons with his top receivers sidelined. Mike Evans is expected to adjust in Week 4 after serving a one-game suspension, but Chris Godwin and Julio Jones are among the Bucs’ receivers struggling with injuries. Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman both suffered injuries in the team’s loss to the Packers.
With a little help, the Buccaneers could find a solution for Brady’s next weapon in New York. Giants disgruntled receiver Kenny Golladay is playing 36% of the snaps in the first two games of the season, including just two plays in Week 2. Golladay has made it clear he wants to play more, and Jeremy Fowler d ‘ESPN thinks the Giants could explore trading the wide star.
“Kenny Golladay’s situation in New York is far from over,” Fowler detailed on Sept. 21, 2022. “When a receiver with a $21.15 million cap plays two snaps on Sunday, there’s no It’s the classic case of a new regime – general manager Joe Schoen, coach Brian Daboll – taking over a contract he wouldn’t have made himself. is the case, teams are looking for exit strategies.The Giants did nothing with Golladay’s contract during the preseason because guarantees crippled them.His $13 million salary and $4 bonus, $5 million is locked in. Zero wiggle room.
“But a similar situation unfolded in the New York area a few years ago with the Jets and Le’Veon Bell. General manager Joe Douglas, who didn’t make the deal with Bell, decided the Jets had better pay Bell his $13 million in guarantees to walk away, trying to trade him first before releasing him. The difference is that Golladay, as an accomplished receiver with red-zone scoring potential, could have some trade value if the Giants agree to cover most of his salary. Something to watch out for, as Golladay can’t be happy with his role.
The Bucs may be able to get a discount on a Golladay trade
The biggest hurdle for Tampa Bay potentially securing a deal is Golladay’s $72 million contract, which still has two years left after this season. The Bucs would need the Giants to eat a good chunk of his remaining contract as well as his $13.2 million salary for 2022.
As Fowler detailed, the Giants might be willing to do just that as tensions continue to mount. Golladay is increasingly expressing his displeasure, and it could be beneficial for the Giants to leave the receiver, even if it means having to pay part of his contract.
Tampa Bay has just $3.7 million in cap space remaining and would have to orchestrate financial gymnastics to trade for Golladay. We’ve seen the Buccaneers get creative with how deals work financially during the Brady era, and there could be an opportunity for the team to buy low on a former Pro Bowl receiver.
Given Golladay’s lack of recent production, it’s unlikely the Giants could land anything other than a future third-day draft pick in a deal. The Panthers-Browns trade with Baker Mayfield might be a good point of reference. Cleveland received a future third-day pick in exchange for Mayfield, but also paid the majority of the quarterback’s salary in 2022.
Golladay on reduced role: ‘I don’t agree with that’
Golladay posted back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons in 2018 and 2019 when the point guard was the Lions’ top offensive option. The veteran had 65 receptions for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns in 16 appearances for Detroit in 2019.
Golladay’s performance was good enough to earn the catcher a Pro Bowl nomination. The wide veteran hasn’t topped the 600-yard mark in the past two seasons and has yet to find his footing since joining the Giants in 2021. It’s hard to imagine Golladay not benefiting a trade with the Bucs playing alongside Brady and the team’s offense. weapons.
“I really had no choice, like I said, I’m not okay with that [taking a reduced role]”, Golladay told reporters September 21. “I should play anyway. … We’re not going to get into all of that now. We are entering week 3. We will see how it goes. There’s a lot of football left.
More Buccaneers news
Loading more stories