Could the Denver Broncos trade for Kenny Golladay?

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Depending on the health of KJ Hamler and Jerry Jeudy, the Denver Broncos could be in the market for a new wide receiver. Could Kenny Golladay be a fit?  It might not make a ton of sense now, but I think there is a reason to at least inquire.

So, who is Kenny Golladay?  He was a third-round draft pick back in 2017 out of Northern Illinois.  He was taken by the Detroit Lions and ended up developing a nice relationship with Matthew Stafford on the field.  He broke out in year two with 1,063 yards and five touchdowns.

Kenny Golladay could be a big-time pickup for the Denver Broncos

He topped both numbers in 2019 with 1,190 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.  He then battled injuries in 2020 but was still able to land a four-year, $72 million contract with the New York Giants before the 2021 season.

However, his tenure with the Giants has been anything but spectacular, and it looks like he isn’t even going to be a part of the offense going forward.  He got just two snaps on Sunday as the Giants beat the Carolina Panthers, which obviously means something is up.

The Giants are 2-0, and Golladay has two receptions for 22 yards on the season.  It’s clear that the coaching staff, to this point, does not believe what he’s done so far for the Giants warrants more playing time.

Could Kenny Golladay eventually be traded this season?  And could the Denver Broncos have interest?  Denver, right now, has one healthy and proven receiver in Courtland Sutton.  It’s unknown whether KJ Hamler or Jerry Jeudy will play on Sunday night, but even if they do, they won’t be 100%, and the depth behind them is simply not good enough for a team that is allegedly contending.

Golladay would provide solid depth and perhaps would get to see a WR3 role at some point.  His large frame is nearly identical to Tim Patrick’s, and I’m not sure how opposing defenses could stop Sutton, Jeudy, and Golladay.  To me, it’s a logical move if the finances can be reworked.

According to, trading Golladay would force the Giants to eat $3.4 million and save them $17.75 million.  His cap number, which is over $21 million, is most definitely not one that the Denver Broncos could stomach, or any team, for that matter, so the contract would have to be reworked in that sense.

He’d likely have to agree to a massively reduced number if they found a trade partner.  Plus, the Giants could likely score a late-round draft pick to help further their rebuild under head coach Brian Daboll, and general manager Joe Schoen.

The Denver Broncos are approaching extremely dangerous territory with their pass catchers.  The injury bug has hit the team hard and doesn’t seem to be letting up.