Kenny Golladay, a Chicago Bears target, reportedly agrees to 4-year, $72 million deal with the New York Giants

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Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune
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Free-agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay won’t be making a homecoming.

The former St. Rita and Northern Illinois player agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the New York Giants on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

The Chicago Bears made a push this week to sign Golladay, but the former Detroit Lions receiver picked the Giants after two days of meeting with the team.

The Bears met with Golladay earlier in the week and made an aggressive push to sign him with the hopes of pairing him with Allen Robinson, a source told the Tribune’s Brad Biggs. NFL Network reported the Bears went “all in,” offering to push money into future years so they could afford him. But Golladay went with a Giants deal that reportedly includes $40 million guaranteed.

Golladay, a third-round pick in 2017, has started 39 games in four seasons. He had back-to-back seasons of more than 1,000 yards receiving in 2018 and 2019. He also had 11 touchdown catches in 2019, when he was named to the Pro Bowl.

Golladay was limited to five games in 2020 because of a hip flexor injury.

Robinson agreed to sign his franchise-tag tender earlier this week, and the Bears would have had a formidable duo for new quarterback Andy Dalton to target if they had convinced Golladay to join. The Bears, who have wide receivers Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller, Javon Wims and Riley Ridley among their returnees, could look elsewhere for another target this offseason.

Robinson tweeted his congratulations to Golladay on Saturday afternoon.

“Much respect and (w)ell deserved,” he wrote.