The deal could be worth $76 million, with $40 million guaranteed, the source said.
It was kind of a no-brainer, and I’m glad it worked out, Golladay told reporters Saturday night.
It didn’t work without the first visit. The Giants had questions for Galladay about how his tenure in Detroit ended – he had a shaky relationship with fired coach Matt Patricia – and a hip injury that forced him to miss the final nine games of the 2020 season. He reassured her during the talks, which lasted all day Friday, sources told ESPN.
Sources said Golladay remained in New York after his visit while he cleared the final medical hurdle and agreed to the final details of the massive deal. This allowed him to sign at the position he chose and allowed the Giants – primarily quarterback Daniel Jones – to get the No. 1 receiver they so desperately needed.
Golladay spoke in detail about the offense and what makes the Giants so attractive. Those guys reached out to me, and I loved the vision of Coach Joe Judge and [offensive coordinator] Jason Garrett, on the whole offense.
Jones was one of the players who served as scouts. Safety Jabrill Peppers also reportedly dined with Galladay on Friday night.
He held out his hand, and Golladay said. He just said how good he thought I was as a player, and I said about the same thing about him.
He also just said, you know, we’re trying to do something big here, and that’s what I mean.
Jones said when he spoke with Galladay, he was interested in the culture we have in the building and the mindset of the team.
I think he heard it from the coaches, but he wanted to know how we saw it as players and how much we believed in it. I think it was important for him to find the right combination in that sense. I’m looking forward to going there and working with him.
Golladay was the Lions’ leading receiver the past three seasons and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2019 when he collected 11 touchdowns and 11 yards. He hoped to improve in 2020, but hamstring and touchdown injuries limited him to five games and just 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
A third-round pick of the Northern Illinois Lions in 2017, Golladay appeared in 47 games for Detroit and had 183 catches for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns. His ability to force spirited catches down the field is what the Giants need.
New York has made adding playmakers a priority this season and considered Golladay the only true No. 1 receiver on the market, the source said.
This team will have a competitor, a guy who comes in, works hard, tries to push the other guys and has fun, Golladay said. I want to have fun while I do it, that’s why I do it. Just a playmaker.
Golladay, 27, reiterated in December that he would rather stay in Detroit. That was, of course, before Matthew Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams and new coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes were hired. However, Golladay said then that it could affect his decision on what the offense looks like – and whether Stafford is with Detroit.
They lured me here, so I just want to show my loyalty, Golladay said at the time. They believed in me. If the contract [with the Lions] …. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, you know. Then I’ll go play somewhere else.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.