Chris Spielman: Re-Signing WR Kenny Golladay High Priority For Lions

Here’s something that’s not a surprise: The Detroit Lions are aiming to make retaining wide receiver Kenny Golladay a top offseason priority.

“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,” Lions executive Chris Spielman told WXYT-FM radio. “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.”

Golladay, 27, truly emerged as one of the NFL’s top receivers in 2019, when he made the Pro Bowl after leading the league in receptions. The Lions recently traded quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff, giving Holladay a new arm to target him with passes.

But Golladay is entering free agency and will undoubtedly garner a large payday — whether from the Lions or someone else. The Lions could have a tough time re-signing him, given that the NFL salary cap is expected to decrease and they are right up against it.

Still, Spielman seems confident.

“In any philosophy, you can fill in voids in free agency, but you can’t buy a locker room,” Spielman said. “That’s been a philosophy for a lot of teams. And generally, what I believe is that you want to build your team through the draft. So it’s kind of, draft, develop and re-sign. And I think that’s hopefully the direction that I think the Lions will take.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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