Just two days after trading away superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, the New York Giants signed 31-year-old Golden Tate to a 4-year deal, worth $37.5M with $23M fully guaranteed. Tate is coming off a 2018 season where he found himself being traded to Philadelphia midway through.
In 15 games last year, he finished with 74 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns. Tate never fully rediscovered the rhythm he enjoyed while playing for Detroit during his time with the Eagles. He will undoubtedly be looking to find his stride again with the New York Giants in 2019.
However, Tate wonâ€™t be able to see the field until week five of the season. Tate has suspended four games by the NFL over the summer because of a banned substance found in a fertility drug he has been using. Tate explained that the element had been clomiphene, it was prescribed to him by his doctor who told him that it was fine and he had given it to other NFL players prior.
Although Tate had a strong case for his appeal, his claim was denied due to the league’s strict no-tolerance policy. Nevertheless, Tate is looking to make a significant impact on the field this season for New York.
In 15 games last season, Tate avoided 23 tackles, leading all fellow wide receivers in the league by three. Since 2013, Tate has finished top 10 every year in yards-after-catch. Coming in 1st in 2014 and 2017, while finishing 2nd in 2016.
Tate is a player who will bring a lot of versatility and agility to the Giantsâ€™ offense. Heâ€™s been one the league’s best receivers in terms of yards-after-catch and forced missed tackles for quite some time.
Pairing Tate with star running back Saquon Barkley will result in lots of forced missed tackles this upcoming season for New Yorkâ€™s offense. The only downside is, the Giants will have to wait until week five to watch Golden Tate perform his magic on the football field.