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With about a month until the start of NFL free agency, teams are starting to decide which players on their roster they want to franchise in order to keep them around.
One player who might get the franchise tag slapped on him is Detroit Lions wide out Kenny Golladay, who is already listed by many as a top 10 free agent, should he hit the market.
Golladay had a solid 2020 season, catching 20 passes for 338 yards and two scores in five games.
The 27-year-old missed a majority of the season after he strained a hip flexor muscle in a November 1st loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The receiver has said that he’d like to stay a part of the Lions franchise, and hopefully something can be worked out between the two parties.
“I want to be here, like the city, like what’s going on,” Golladay said in December.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is reporting that Golladay will get the franchise tag this offseason. With the Lions already moving quarterback Matthew Stafford, the team would like to keep Golladay for new QB Jared Goff and the team’s offense.
The franchise tag for a wide out is expected to be around $16 million for the 2021 season.
The money is fully guaranteed, but the figure would rank 13th among average annual salaries for receivers.
Golladay is one of a couple receivers who could get tagged this offseason. Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin could also get tagged by their current team so they don’t have the chance to move to another squad in 2021.
In his four years with the Lions, Golladay has 183 pass receptions for 3068 yards and 21 touchdowns.