The New York Giants have signed former Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate to a four-year contract worth $37 million.
It looks like Big Blue has begun the process to find their replacement(s) for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
“Tate is a 10-year veteran with 611 career receptions for 7,214 yards and 38 touchdowns, more of a possession threat than a player who is going to rip through a defense,” writes Schwartz. “He has three 1,000-yard seasons on his resume and made one Pro Bowl, in 2014, when he had 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns for the Lions.”
“The Giants take a $16 salary cap hit in dead money with the trade of Beckham but gained $5 million in cap relief in 2019 after taking Beckham’s $16.75 million base salary off the books,” writes Schwartz. “Clearly, Tare cannot do what Beckham can and the Giants will attempt more of a spread-the-ball approach in their passing game, while leaning heavily on star second-year running back Saquon Barkley in the ground game. In the four games the Giants played at the end of last season while Beckham was out with a quad contusion, they averaged 25.5 points a game, factoring in a shutout loss to the Titans.”
To be honest, this is a decent signing by Giants GM Dave Gettleman right now. When Beckham was traded to the Browns on Tuesday, the big question was who would QB Eli Manning throw to? Twenty sixteen second-round pick Sterling Shepard is a reliable target, but not a top receiver by any means. That goes the same for WR Corey Coleman.
Now, at least Eli and the Giants offense will be able to spread the field and have multiple options. Tate is a reliable receiver who has shown what he can do in this league in the past.
He’s definitely worth what he’s been paid and is only 30 years old. He can still make a name for himself in the NFL. Hopefully, he’ll still be able to in the coming years for the Giants.
He certainly isn’t the second coming of OBJ for the Giants but it’s a start.