​The New York Giants found their replacement for Odell Beckham Jr. ​in the form of Golden Tate. Before the signing, the G-Men had a serious lack of depth in the receiving corps, but Tate's addition certainly helped it on paper.


At 31 years of age, many thought Tate's deal would be short-term. That wasn't the case, as he was signed to a four-year, $37.5 million contract. While the max salary isn't exactly "blow-away money," it's the guaranteed $23 million that's staggering.

Tate will primarily play in the slot, which could put Sterling Shepard's future at MetLife Stadium in doubt, as he's a free agent after next season.


There were younger receivers on the market, like Adam Humphries, who signed a similar contract with the Tennessee Titans. But the difference here is that he's getting $19 million in guaranteed money, which is significantly less than Tate.


After trading Beckham to the Cleveland Browns, many believed that general manager Dave Gettleman was going through with a rebuild. Trading a generational superstar proves that point. The signing of Tate is the opposite. Gettleman believes that quarterback Eli Manning can win with Tate at his disposal in 2019.

Once the Philadelphia Eagles' season ended at the hands of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, Tate hinted that he would only sign a contract with a contending team. 


It's pretty obvious that Tate believes the Giants can win in the near future, but $23 million in guarantees certainly helped him make that decision.