Chris Spielman signals he wants to keep Kenny Golladay

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Chris Spielman, the former Lions player who now has a prominent place in the team’s front office, indicated this week that he hopes to keep wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who is poised to become a free agent next month.

Spielman said on WXYT-FM that he’s a big fan of the way Golladay plays the game.

“I think Kenny is a, he’s a competitive guy and the thing that I’ve always admired most about Kenny when doing the games on TV is his ability to win the 50-50 ball,” Spielman said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I just think his size and what he can bring to the table is something that a lot of people liked about Kenny Golladay, including me.”

Spielman also said that he believes in building a team with wide receivers near the top of the list of priorities — something that Spielman, a former middle linebacker, didn’t always think.

“I have a theory that you kind of, back when I played . . . you used to build from the inside out,” Spielman said. “Well, today’s league, I think you build from the outside in.”

The Lions are currently slated to be over the 2021 salary cap, so they have some moves to make before they can either sign Golladay to a new contract or put the franchise tag on him. But Spielman sounds like he wants the Lions to make those moves.

12 responses to “Chris Spielman signals he wants to keep Kenny Golladay

  1. You don’t get better letting your best players walk. The previous regimes never seemed to understand that.

  2. Sounds like the Lions may finally have their smart front office guy. If you read much of the data put out by PFF, WRs definitely have a significant impact on offensive success.

  3. You keep Golladay because he’s the best player on your offense, not because of an outside-in rebuilding philosophy. The good teams still have solid lines, both offensive and defensive, and you have to start there or else it’s not going to matter how good your WR1 is (see: Detroit Lions the last several decades).

  4. No you’re still only as good as your offensive and defensive lines. I don’t think that has changed. This sounds like a terrible way to build a team.

  5. One thing successful teams do during rebuild is retain valuable free agent vets. KG has been one of the most valuable assets on the team.

  6. “I have a theory that you kind of, back when I played . . . you used to build from the inside out,” Spielman said. “Well, today’s league, I think you build from the outside in.”
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    Matt Millen, ladies and gentleman… Give him a hand!

  7. Kenny G catches everything thrown his way!. They don’t need to complete a long term deal, but they can’t let him go. The lions can find plenty of cap space leftover from Patricia’s defense, so that’s not really the issue. The ONLY issue is whether or not his giant body is already falling apart. He lands awkwardly on a lot of receptions.
    FYI – Calvin Johnson tells anyone who will listen how that style of play forced him to consider retirement into his late 20’s. Kenny G is 27

  8. He was just a great value for his draft slot. The real question is if KG wants to stay with Detroit in a rebuilding mode more than if the Lions want him back.

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