Falcons named wild card candidate for 1000 yd WR

Kenny Golladay


The Falcons are a “wild card candidate” to trade for this unlucky 1000-yard receiver.

Calvin Ridley’s indefinite suspension should leave the Atlanta Falcons short at wide receiver, but Arthur Smith’s team has gone less than three games. Instead, the Falcons already have a rising star leading the position group in the form of Drake London, who picks eighth overall.

The rookie has great support from tight end Kyle Pitts, with both playmakers folding, which Smith likes in the passing game. Big targets that can win physical mismatches and turn bad shots into deals.

Smith’s formula is paying off, but the Falcons would still welcome another towering pass catcher to ease the strain on Pitts and London. Luckily, there is a two-time 1,000-yard receiver who is unhappy with his lack of game time in the NFC East and may be traded.

The Falcons were named among three “wildcard candidates” who may be tempted to strike a deal for this disgruntled former pro-bowler.

Falcons set the mix for Giants’ WR

Kenny Golladay hasn’t been shy about expressing his dissatisfaction with how he’s been used by the New York Giants this season. Golladay’s gripe has fueled speculation that it could trade before the Saturday November 1 deadline.

The Falcons may be interested, according to reports Eric Edholm, NFL.com Lead Draft Writer, who cited Golladay’s physical fitness for the Atlanta offense: “Would the Falcons be interested? They have a basketball-like lineup on offense, with Kyle Pitts and Drake London on frontcourt, Marcus Mariota as point guard, and Cordarrelle Patterson as…shooting guard? But they could still use another wing of length that Golladay could supply. It’s an option to consider that would put Olamide Zacchaeus more in the role of a “sixth man.” OK, so maybe we didn’t need the full court press for the basketball metaphor, but you get the point.

Trade speculation involving Golladay is more than slow burning after him went public with his dissatisfaction ahead of Monday night’s 23-16 Week 3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in football, according to SNY’s Giants Videos:

Golladay’s confidence certainly stems from the mammoth $72 million contract he signed with the Giants in 2021. The deal, as well as his two 1,000-yard seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2018 and 19 obviously make Golladay think he belongs on the field.

Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, he saw very little playing time in the Giants’ 2-0 start under new head coach Brian Daboll. Golladay made only two catches against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 and wasn’t a target at all against the Carolina Panthers a week later.

The paltry output fueled more trade rumours NFL media insider Ian Rapoport Message “However, trading is possible. Simply put, the Giants would eat up a lot of the salary and allow another team to trade in for what is effectively a low-cost Golladay.”

Rapoport’s idea that the Giants would take over part of Golladay’s deal to get rid of him was backed by Albert Breer of The MMQBwho revealed the team “were more than willing to pay a significant portion of his salary to persuade Kenny Golladay to pre-cut the roster, to no avail.”

All signs point to Golladay being available, especially after how things developed against the Cowboys. While his recent performances leave a lot to be desired, he remains an intriguing scheme to fit the Falcons.

Golladay is a prototype for Smith’s offense

Golladay may not have many fans left after his call for more goals didn’t hold up against the Cowboys, per StatMuse:

Attendance at the Golladay fan club is waning, but Smith could still be an admirer. After all, the 6’4″, 214-pound Golladay ideally suits the coach’s offensive concept.

Bigger is better is the philosophy for this season’s passing game, but options are dwindling beyond London and Pitts. Bryan Edwards should be a productive third pick, but the former Las Vegas Raiders draft pick, who the Falcons traded for this offseason, was a healthy scrape for the 27-23 Week 3 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

In Edwards’ absence, KhaDarel Hodge didn’t catch a pass 11 snapshots, while Frank Darby and Jared Bernhardt also drew a blank despite sharing 14 snaps equally. The picture is clear: There’s room for another viable goal in the Falcons’ passing game.

Golladay appears available and has a stronger pedigree than Edwards, Hodge, Darby and Bernhardt. The pedigree comes from a Pro Bowl appearance in 2019, the same year Golladay led the league 11 touchdown catches.

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has made room for a trade if needed. According to the salary cap, there is space worth $8,178,695 spotrac.comso finding the right deal for a receiver of Golladay’s frame and talent is something the Falcons should consider.

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