Golden Tate Reportedly Down to Patriots and Steelers in Free Agency

Golden Tate

Golden Tate The Canadian Press

This paints the picture of Tate as one of the league's best slot wide receivers, or one of the league's best wide receivers once the ball is in his hands - and I think that's correct. Although his short stint in Philadelphia was a disappointment, Tate has routinely been one of fantasy's most dependable wide receivers, and especially so in contrast to a typically much lower ADP.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tate is signing a four-year deal worth up to $37.5 million with $23 million guaranteed.

It was a puzzling move, as the Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon trades made it appear as if the Giants were headed toward a full rebuild.

Golden Tate will return to Lincoln Financial Field in 2019.

However, the 30-year-old averaged 93 catches and 1,066 yards from 2014 through 2017, and will add a much-needed veteran presence to New York's wide receiver group.

When the regular season begins, Tate will be 31, seven years younger than his new team's starting quarterback. He should help the Giants win slightly more games than they would've won without him, but he's not going to transform them into a surprise playoff team. They got Jabril Peppers, a New Jersey native from the Browns in the Beckham trade. Rapoport said that the Steelers are also among the teams interested in Tate, and both teams showed interest in trading for him before the 2018 deadline.

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