Giants sign Golden Tate as Odell Beckham Jr. replacement

Giants sign Golden Tate as Odell Beckham Jr. replacement

Tate was given a four-year $37.5million deal, with $23m guaranteed, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.The 30-year-old veteran wide rece

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Tate was given a four-year $37.5million deal, with $23m guaranteed, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The 30-year-old veteran wide receiver spent last season with two teams, the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.

During the 2018/19 season he made a total of 74 catches for 795 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 15 games with both organisations.

He will be replacing Beckham, who was only involved in 12 games last year, after suffering a quad injury in the final stretch of the regular season.

Beckham finished the year with 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.

Although the two players are different receivers there is no doubt comparisons will be made between the two, especially after the manner of Beckham’s departure from New York.

Tate, who has never managed to record more than seven touchdowns in a season, is known for his yards-after-catch abilities, whereas Beckham has a career high of 13 TDs, a feat he managed in 2015.

Before the trade occurred, gossip was rife that New York were considering moving Beckham on, however, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman appeared to quash these rumours about their star receiver leaving the organisation with his comments at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“We didn’t sign Odell to trade him. OK?” He said in Indianapolis.

However, according to Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer, a decision was already made to move the 26-year-old on in February.

The decision to trade Beckham shocked not only Giants fans, but also many across the league, as New York had recently made Beckham the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history when they gave him a deal worth $95m last year.

New York got a first-round and third-round pick, along with safety Jabril Peppers in return for Beckham, but they did suffer a substantial hit on dead money in their cap space.

The absorption of the $16m in dead money from the Beckham trade now pushes the Giants dead money to a league-high $33,656,400.

After the Beckham trade was confirmed Gettleman insisted the Giants ”have a plan” going forward.

“You can win while you build a roster,” he said.

“We do have a plan, and this is a part of it.”

The Giants finished bottom of the NFC East last season with a 5-11 record and ended their campaign on a three-game losing streak and there is little doubt both Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur will be under pressure to perform this upcoming season.

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