With their star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out the door, New York Giants will now try to fill the void in their receiving core with former Philadelphia Eagles’ WR Golden Tate. Tate’s agent confirmed that the 30-year-old signed with the Giants on Thursday but failed to provide details.
However, sources told ESPN‘s Adam Schefter that Tate inked a four-year deal which will pay him $37.5 million overall with $23 million guaranteed.
Golden Tate spent the 2018 season with the Eagles, who gave up a third-round pick for him in October. He initially struggled at the beginning of his Philly stint but came up clutch in the postseason when he caught a game-winning touchdown in a wild-card game against the Chicago Bears. Philadelphia considered bringing back Tate for a long-term deal this offseason but ended up deciding to use those funds to address more urgent needs.
With Philly not wanting to give big bucks to Tate, New York Giants decided to step in and offer him a big deal, hoping he can be a solid replacement for Odell Beckham as team’s leading wide receiver. Giants traded Beckham on Wednesday to Cleveland Browns in a blockbuster deal which got them first, and third round picks in 2019 NFL Draft alongside safety Jabrill Peppers.
Golden Tate started his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, who took him in the second round of 2010 NFL Draft. After he struggled during his first four years in the league, Seahawks decided to let him go and cleared the way for him to sign with Detroit Lions in 2014.
Tate found his footing with the Lions and managed to have three seasons with 1,000+ yards receiving in his first four years with the franchise. He also contributed 19 touchdowns during that period.