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.
Not a very deep WR class in free agency, but that's the type of player a team in the Giants' position should be targeting.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) March 14, 2019
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.
I love Golden Tate as a player and he deserves the money he is getting paid. But the Giants' roster construction plan right now makes zero sense to me.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 14, 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.