By: Caleb J. Duncan
Golden Tate has moved on from the Philadelphia Eagles after just one season and signed with the New York Giants.
After splitting the majority of his career between the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, Tate was traded to the Eagles and helped secure a win in the playoffs over the Chicago Bears.
However, it did not seem like either party was mutually interested in working together beyond the 2018 season.
Tate’s contract with the Giants is great for him as it guarantees $23 million of the $37.5 million deal. It’s clear that New York plans to heavily utilize him in the coming season now that OBJ is gone.
This move is still somewhat odd for the Giants. They had OBJ locked in for another 4 years and while OBJ’s deal was easily worth more ($65 million guaranteed, $95 million total) it’s hard to argue that he was not worth it.
Golden Tate is certainly a capable receiver, having amassed over 7,000 career yards and 38 touchdowns, but OBJ is four years younger and is already close to 5,500 receiving yards with 44 touchdowns. It’s clear the move was done due to the relationship between OBJ and the front office. With New York staunchly supporting quarterback Eli Manning moving forward then a big change like that was imminent.
Still, the Giants replacement of an A+ wide receiver with a B+ wide receiver (who has the potential to play like an A+ with the right quarterback) is a move that needed to happen. This will undoubtedly take pressure off of tight end Evan Engram who will most likely see an increased role next season.
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