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Here's What it Would Cost for Lions to Keep Kenny Golladay

Max Staley
Here's what it could cost to keep Kenny Golladay with the Detroit Lions.
Here's what it could cost to keep Kenny Golladay with the Detroit Lions. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

On paper, the Detroit Lions had one of the better skill-position groups in the league in 2020. But unless this team breaks the bank this offseason, that unit could quickly turn into one of the worst groups in the NFL.

Both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. are impending free agents this offseason. Even coming off an injury-plagued 2020 campaign, the 27-year-old Golladay is set to land a huge contract in the next few months. Here's what it would likely cost for Detroit to keep Kenny G.

The simplest way to keep him in Detroit is by using the franchise tag. It's still not settled quite yet, but that should cost the team around $16 million in 2021. This would also make Golladay a very intriguing trade asset this season. It's a much better alternative than just letting him walk out the door for nothing.

On the other hand, Detroit could try to ink him to a long-term deal, as new GM Chris Spielman seems interested in doing. As for what that could cost, the Robert Woods extension feels like a really solid comparison point.

Woods signed a four-year, $65 million extension back in September. In terms of average annual salary, he's the ninth-highest paid WR in the league ($16.25 million). That feels about right for Golladay.

While he's more talented than Woods, his injury history and a diminished salary cap could keep him from surpassing Woods' extension.

Still, the thought of Jared Goff throwing to a Lions' receiving corps that doesn't include Golladay or Jones could scare Detroit into overpaying this offseason.

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