Giants sign Golden Tate

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The Giants have signed a wide receiver a little more than 24 hours after they officially sent Odell Beckham packing.

Golden Tate‘s agents announced on Thursday afternoon that their client has reached a deal with Beckham’s former club. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $23 million in fully guaranteed money.

Tate split last season between the Lions and Eagles before becoming a free agent. He wound up with 74 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns, although his production in seven games with Detroit was well ahead of what he did once he got to Philly. He did catch the go-ahead touchdown late in their win over the Bears in the playoffs.

Tate, who turns 31 this summer, caught at least 90 passes in the four full seasons he spent in Detroit and the Giants wouldn’t mind that kind of productivity. Whether they get it is another question and the answer will likely go a long way toward determining how the team’s fans feel about the post-Beckham plan for the franchise.

44 responses to “Giants sign Golden Tate

  1. Smart move. Above average WR who is the consummate professional and not a locker room distraction. Plus the draft equity from the Beckham trade.

  2. Somebody let him know his targets will be limited due to the fact Eli can’t stay on his feet !

  3. Golden Tate is a great player and, by all accounts, a great person. He was an excellent leader and the most consistent contributor to the Lion’s O. He should make as much as possible for as long as possible. Glad the Lions didn’t bring him back for that kind of scratch.

  4. How does it make sense to give a 31 year old slot receiver a 4 year deal when you already have a better slot receiver in Shep already on the team? Gettleman is killing this team!

  5. He’s 31. They’ll be fortunate to get 2 decent years out of him at an average 11.5M per. Cheaper than OBJ but not worth it for a guy well past his prime. This does not placate NYG fans at all. Hey Dave?- how about a QB?!!

  6. Solid, but not spectacular WR, with fewer distractions than OBJ. That team wasn’t going to compete this year anyway, so a slight downgrade at WR, added to what they got for OBJ, is the better long term play.

  7. The Giants might want to make sure that they have enough donuts around at all times. Golden has a things for donuts and is not afraid to steal them if necessary.

  8. I hate to admit it, but not a bad move. I always thought Philly gave up too much for a half-season rental, and he proved that you can’t always just plug in a player and expect success.

  9. Giants paid Odell $21million last year with his new deal and bonus. Now they sign Golden Tate to $23mil in guarantees. Yet they didn’t keep Collins. They better have a big draft because this offseason has been an IKEA build with no directions.

  10. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    He’ll catch, just don’t expect much after he does.

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    You know he is widely regarded as one of the best after the catch, right? Or maybe you don’t.

  11. Somebody let him know that he’ll never be able to run deep routs again because Eli can’t get the ball that deep without arching it like a punt which gives the defense plenty of time to react. Let’s see how Eli does with his shiny new toys and we’ll see what Baker Mayfield does with his. Beckham was frustrated from losing.

  12. Tate catches a lot of short passes near/behind the line of scrimmage.

    Manning has a poor OL and a noodle arm.

    Ergo: Tate should see a lot of throws this year.

  13. He threw several trick play passes during his time in Detroit. I think everyone is expecting him to be a slot wide receiver but you heard it here first, he will likely take over the QB duties this season with how pedestrian Eli has become.

  14. In what world is Sterling Sheppard better than Golden Tate? Ones best season is 850 yards and 4 TDs. Golden Tate has had 3 seasons with over 1000 yards and always at the top of the NFL in YAC yardage.

  15. What exactly are the giants doing? Does Gettleman even know. The maras have been a joke these last 5 years and giants as well. Completely lost respect for this organization. They should have never fired coughlin. Their defense is in complete shambles

  16. Actually Tate is the perfect fit with their turnstile o-line, he can catch those 2 to 3 yard flinging lobs that Eli throws as he is being sacked about one second after the ball was hiked and can use his running skill to get to 3 or 4 more yards.

  17. If Golden Tate knows what’s good for him and wants his hand to touch any part of that pigskin he better not run beyond 15 yrds.

  18. Titans needed to sign this guy. Played High School football in the area. Instead they gave that money to Adam Humphries. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  19. Typical move you’d expect from a franchise with no vision, no plan and bad ownership/management. What does signing Golden Tate do for them? They got inexplicably older over this free agency while getting rid of the young players they developed. We could have a good debate about how good Landon Collins truly is and the merit of the OBJ trade but you cannot let those guys go and keep Manning, Ogletree and then sign Bethea and now Tate. Let’s be clear, the Giants passed up on young and very talented QB in Sam Darnold last season to select an RB, even though we know that from a value standpoint that was a horrific decision. To make up for the mistake last year, they are going to have to either trade up and give up more assets to get a guy this year or wait another year and hope they are bad enough to get that coveted guy, which would make you waste 2 seasons of Barkley’s talent. Disaster all around. These are the moves that the Browns, Bucs and SF made a few years back and led to their demise

  20. Nice acquisition for Big Blue. The hamster in a wheel knee jerk criticism of Eli Manning is as tedious as it is predictable. Once the offensive line began to jell last season, and the superb Saquon Barkley really began to roll, the passing game improved substantially. Hoping the Giants draft DHaskins and prep him for two seasons – a great path to becoming their franchise star qb of the 2020’s and beyond.

  21. Very disappointed that the Patriots did not sign him. Think he would have been a great fit. I’m sure they will be OK, as BB finds a way, but the team has a lean roster of receivers right now. Understatement.

  22. I thought Tate wanted to win? Guess getting a contract like that would change anyones mind.

  23. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Damn Tate’s the guy I hoped the Pats would target.
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    Agreed, was the guy I wanted the Bills to go after as well, but will settle with Brown and Beasley.

  24. Are they Giants rebuilding or not?

    If they are, then signing a 32 WR year for big bucks makes no sense.

    If they are trying to win now, then they are truly delusional.

  25. How does this make any sense whatsoever? If you’re getting rid of OBJ, you’re leaning into a rebuild. Why waste cap space on a guy who won’t be there when the team is relevant again? You’re supposed to get younger at positions l, not older.

  26. Tate for Odell? Giants fans won’t have anything to cheer for besides Barkley. They should have moved off of Eli 4 years ago. Who the heck is managing this team?

  27. bobmillion says:
    March 14, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    Actually Tate is the perfect fit with their turnstile o-line, he can catch those 2 to 3 yard flinging lobs that Eli throws as he is being sacked about one second after the ball was hiked and can use his running skill to get to 3 or 4 more yards.

    Awesome post. Thank you for the laugh. It’s funny cause it’s true. Lol.

  28. Ron Geremy says:
    March 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    Typical move you’d expect from a franchise with no vision, no plan and bad ownership/management. What does signing Golden Tate do for them? They got inexplicably older over this free agency while getting rid of the young players they developed.
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    Games missed:

    (Age 30) Golden Tate (2014-18): 0
    (Age 26) Odell Beckham Jr (2014-18): 21

    (Age 29) Kevin Zeitler (2016-18): 0
    (Age 28) Olivier Vernon (2016-18): 9

    (Age 23) Jabrill Peppers (2017-18): 3
    (Age 34) Antoine Bethea (2017-18): 1
    (Age 25) Landon Collins (2017-18): 5

    Any Giants fan will tell you Beckham, Vernon and Collins haven’t been on the field nearly enough over the past three years. Compare that to Zeitler and Tate who haven’t missed a game over the past several seasons. Granted Bethea is 34 and probably carries a greater injury risk, Peppers is only 23.

    Also, Peppers and Bethea together will make a third of what Collins is getting paid this season.

  29. .
    still not understanding where this OBJ was a locker room distraction is coming from.
    Not one player has EVER complained about OBJ, however quite a few couch players here do…
    Golden Tate will just be a decoy, sterling shepherd and Engram(if he doesnt drop the ball) are good

  30. I thought Golden Tate was a waste of a third-round pick for the Eagles. How many weeks could we hear, “And Golden Tate is still trying to get a feel for the Eagles offense”? Just get open!

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