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Notes: Kenny Golladay is ‘grateful’ of Lions, ‘wouldn’t mind’ spending entire career in Detroit

It sure sounds like Kenny Golladay wants to stay in Detroit.

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As Kenny Golladay starts to again emerge as one of the NFL’s top wide receiver talents, the heat is on the Detroit Lions to simply pay the man.

Despite his solid play since drafting him, the Detroit Lions and their top receiver have yet to agree on a contract extension beyond the 2020 season. In the offseason, Golladay spoke optimistically about getting a deal done, and there was even an erroneous reports out there that the two sides were “closing in on an extension” back in September.

But since then, there’s been absolute silence. Golladay made a cryptic Instagram post a week ago suggesting he may be growing impatient with the lack of a contract deal, but this week he told media that he’s still very much interested in sticking around Detroit—potentially for the rest of his career.

“Detroit definitely took a chance drafting me in the third round and I appreciate that,” Golladay told WXYZ’s Justin Rose. “I’m a loyal person and I wouldn’t mind wanting to be here for the rest of my career. I could never be more grateful for what the organization did for me and my family.”

Barry Sanders was in on the interview, too (promoting their latest Pepsi ad campaign), and he offered to help the Lions lock up Golladay long-term.

“Where do I send in my check for the contract,” Sanders joked.

You can watch a portion of the interview here:

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