Golden Tate Drawing Interest From Patriots In Free Agency

Florence Fletcher
March 17, 2019

"I want to win now." in an interview with Geoff Mosher, Golden Tate's decision to sign with the New York Giants is beyond confusing.

With just five wide receivers now under contract in New England, Patriots fans are anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop at the position in free agency.

Will swapping out Beckham for Tate do anything to roll back Eli Manning's clock and make the Giants' offense potent for the first time in years? Tate has 611 career receptions for 7,214 yards with 38 touchdowns in nine seasons. Tate has since played for the Lions and very briefly - after a midseason trade - for the Eagles.

Tate's production dropped dramatically previous year after a midseason trade from the Lions to the Eagles, where he averaged just 9.2 yards per reception and 34.2 yards per game.

Locking up Tate until he's 36-years old flies directly in the face of that philosophy, and even if they were to release him after two years when his guaranteed money will be all but spent the move is no less questionable. He played in two seasons (2016-17) for the Giants, producing 73 tackles and one interception. After trading away Beckham, it certainly looked like the Giants wanted to rebuild.

Markus Golden will help boost the Giants' pass rush
Markus Golden will help boost the Giants pass rush

Golden Tate will return to Lincoln Financial Field in 2019.

Over the past six seasons, (starting with 2018), Tate has ranked 28th, 17th, 24th, 12th, and 30th in fantasy points scored.

In the end, the Giants got better by signing Tate, Tate got paid, and the best receiver available is no longer a free agent.

The Giants' plan? Still not clear.

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