Unhappy Kenny Golladay won’t rule out trade request after ‘confounding’ the Giants

Unhappy Kenny Golladay won’t rule out trade request after ‘confounding’ the Giants

Ravens wide receiver Kenny Golladay said Wednesday that he strongly disagreed with the bench last Sunday in a win over the Carolina Panthers.

“I didn’t like the decision at all,” the receiver said at his locker after practice. “Even people on the team were kinda like, ‘What’s going on?'”

Golladay said he didn’t understand why he was dropped to two snaps, either.

“The GM, head coach, all these coaches: They keep saying, ‘You do everything right. You handle yourself the right way,” he said. “So it’s a bit confusing.”

That’s why Golladay wouldn’t rule out asking for a change of scenery if this continues. He’s getting a $17.75 million guarantee from the Giants to watch from the sidelines.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I mean, I came here to play. I’m pretty sure they’re paying me to play too. I think they want to see more, I guess, or get whatever is on their end. I’m going to keep doing what I have to do as far as coming in every day.”

He seemed to think he could be a bigger part of this week’s game plan for Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at MetLife Stadium.

“I think [my role] it will probably be a little bit different,” he said. “I don’t really know yet.”

If his bench is due to a lack of production, Golladay didn’t seem to tell that. He made two comments about how the front office and coaching staff are allegedly telling him one thing and doing another. He also gave an icy response about whether this situation will affect his relationship with the coaching staff.

“That’s the way it is. It’s business,” he said. “I’m not here to be friends with coaches. They’re just co-workers to me.”

Golladay and GM Joe Schoen bumped fists and spoke briefly on the field during the individual portion of Wednesday’s practice. Golladay said they talked about the bench.

“A little,” he said. “That’s between me and him.”

Head coach Brian Daboll hinted Monday that Schoen has a role in deciding the game’s roster.

“Joe and I collaborate on almost everything in our building,” said Daboll, when asked about Golladay’s sit-in. “What we want to create is as competitive a team as we can. And no matter where you’re drafted, how you got here, how much money you make, we believe that everybody goes out there and competes and we play the guys who earn the right to play that week. “

Daboll said David Sills deserved the playing time Golladay lost. Sills’ snaps increased from 27 in the season opener to 67 last Sunday. Golladay’s playing time dropped from 46 to two.

“I will say that David Sills has done a good job,” Daboll said. “He’s done a good job and he deserves some of his playing time. And every week is a competition.”

Golladay said Daboll told him the bench was coming before the Panthers game and Golladay accepted what he said.

“It wasn’t a back-and-forth argument,” Golladay said. “I agree to disagree a little.”

Golladay’s lack of production last season was unacceptable, of course, especially given the four-year, $72 million contract with $40 million guaranteed that he signed in the spring.

He had just 37 catches for 521 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games last season. And he made just two catches for 22 yards on two targets at Tennessee in Week 1.

But he hasn’t missed a single practice since this training camp for an unspecified offseason medical procedure. And yet he played less against Carolina than Kadarius Toney (28 snaps), an unproven second-year player who rarely practices and spent time in Daboll’s doghouse with seven snaps in Week 1.

Golladay said it shouldn’t matter what other people are doing compared to him, though.

“I should be playing regardless,” he said. “That’s a fact.”

That’s clearly not the same as wide receivers coach Mike Groh saying, “I thought Kenny did a really good job” in Week 1, only to play him two snaps in Week 2.

Golladay said he felt “everything that was done in the game” against Carolina “I definitely could have done.”

“All the time, [I] there was a positive energy on the sideline,” Golladay said. “I wasn’t mad. He took on the role and I tried to stay locked in.” His only two snaps came in the red zone.”

Only two of his snaps came in the red zone. It is not clear how this situation will be resolved.

The cap-strapped Giants can’t cut Golladay now because his cap hit would be $25.4 million dead on their salary cap. That’s higher than the $21.15 million already on their books.

Trading Golladay would be tough, too. The acquiring team in a potential deal would have to take the rest of their $13 million salary this season, as well as a 2023 roster bonus of $4.5 million.

There are signs that this could be Golladay’s final season in New York, as the penalty for his release expires next year. But for now, Schoen and Daboll have to figure out how to manage this proud veteran and incorporate him into the team.

NFL teams need to be able to perform at a high level consistently. So it’s up to the head coaches – if they want to earn the respect of their players and win games – to play the best players and bench or cut the others.

But those decisions must be transparent, consistent and effective to be effective. Golladay was still wondering why this happened and alleged that others were thinking the same thing.


The official Giants-Cowboys injury report will not be available until Thursday, but the following players did not practice Wednesday: WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring strain), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (right knee), WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles, maintenance ), S Dane Belton (unknown), edge Kayvon Thibodeaux (sprained right MCL), edge Azeez Ojulari (right calf), DL Leonard Williams (sprained right MCL), CB Aaron Robinson (addiction) and CB Nick McCloud ( hamstring) … New LB Jaylon Smith is wearing No. 54. Safety Jason Pinnock, who missed Week 2, practiced.

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