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Giants Sign Golladay to $72 Million Deal as Free Agency Continues

The New York Giants have agreed to sign former Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million deal as teams continue to bolster their roster via free agency.

NFL Network reported that the deal includes $40 million guaranteed with a total maximum value of $76 million.

It seemed as though Golladay confirmed the news on social media following the report by retweeting an NFL post that read: “Big plays coming to the Big (apple emoji).”

2017 third-round pick Golladay has 183 receptions for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns in 47 games (39 starts) over his NFL career. The former Lion made the Pro Bowl in 2019, leading the NFL with 11 TD catches that year.

He caught 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns in five starts last season.

AFC East side Miami Dolphins also strengthened at the wide receiver position, reportedly agreeing a one-year deal in excess of $10 million with former Houston Texan Will Fuller.

26-year-old Fuller set career highs across the board with 53 receptions, 879 yards and eight touchdowns in just 11 games in 2020.

He missed the final portion of the season after receiving a six-game suspension for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances, meaning he will also miss Week One of the 2021 season.

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The wide receiver news continued with the Steelers announcing that JuJu Smith-Schuster is returning to Pittsburgh after signing a new one-year deal with the team.

No financial terms of the deal were revealed, but reports suggest that Smith-Schuster gave the Steelers, struggling with salary cap space, a hometown deal, turning down bigger offers from other franchises to stay with the team he has been at since being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.

NFL Network reported that the USC wide-out will receive a $7 million signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and four voidable years that lower the 2021 cap hit of the deal to just $1.6 million. It was also reported that the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens offered more money.

“Can’t say it enough, I love you Pittsburgh,” Smith-Schuster tweeted on Friday afternoon. “Came in here a young 20 year old and you guys embraced me from the moment I got here. So much love. Had my back thru everything, all the struggles and success. So hard to leave. See you this Fall in Heinz WE’RE GOIN CRAZY!!!”

Rob Gronkowski also re-signed with his franchise on a one-year deal, agreeing terms with the Buccaneers exactly a month after winning a Super Bowl with the team. The extension keeps Gronkowski with long-time team-mate Tom Brady, who recently signed one of his own.

Starting every game in the regular season, Gronkowski played three quarters of the Bucs’ offensive stats as he tied for third on the team with 45 receptions, producing figures of 623 yards and seven touchdowns.

The postseason mainly saw him take a blocking role as the Bucs rediscovered their run game, but the tight end exploded in the Super Bowl, making six receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 31-9 win over Kansas City.

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“In addition to his contributions on the field, Gronk has quickly become one of the most beloved guys in our locker room,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “His ability to perform at a championship-calibre level week after week, while also uplifting everyone around him, makes him an invaluable presence in our building. Rob’s accomplishments speak for themselves and make him one of the greatest to ever play the game at his position. We are thrilled to have him back with us as we pursue another title in Tampa.”

“I feel like I can play another full season right now if we started,” said Gronkowski himself after signing the deal.

“So I feel really good. Everything that I’ve changed throughout my career is definitely paying off and it feels great. It’s great to see everything pay off. I feel really good right now. I feel light, I feel flexible, I feel like I can go out and just play some football. Just go out and not be thinking and just play football and run routes and do what I’ve got to do out there on the field. I definitely feel like I’m ready to go, play another full season coming up this year and just take it a year at a time like that.

“I would say about halfway through the season I felt like I was very comfortable,” said Gronkowski. “Just throughout the whole entire process of knowing the plays, feeling good out there on the field – it just all came together, I would say, about halfway through. It just felt good, too, when everything starts clicking like that, when I break the huddle and I don’t even have to think about the play. I just go out there and do it.”

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