In an what can only be described as an odd turn of events, the New York Giants went from apparent season tankers after trading star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. to the Browns to a team looking to possibly compete by adding veteran receiver Golden Tate and signing him to a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes a robust $23 million fully guaranteed.
It’s been an odd week in New York to say the least. After the backlash of fans post-Beckham trade, it’s quite possible this signing is a knee jerk reaction for some front office folks to attempt to save face and maybe even their jobs. The 30-year-old Tate just doesn’t seem to fit the long-term plan since the Giants will likely be taking the heir apparent to Eli Manning in this year’s NFL Draft and building around that draft pick and Saquon Barkley. However, it’s clear nobody really understands exactly what the long term plan is at the moment.
Regardless, this move has a pretty sizable impact on some dynasty players. Let’s take a look at those whose values are affected by the move.
Golden Tate, WR NYG
After leaving Seattle, Tate was incredibly productive during his five-year run in Detroit. In fact, he recorded four straight seasons with at least 90 catches and posted a WR1-like 99 receptions for 1,331 receiving yards in 2014. Over his 15 games between Detroit and Philadelphia last season, Tate posted 71 catches for 805 yards and four scores. While Tate is never going to be the type of touchdown threat Odell Beckham is (he has 38 touchdowns in nine seasons, while Odell has 44 in just five), he’s a great slot weapon and PPR producing machine. Ironically, Tate is credited with the most missed tackles after the catch in the NFL last season, while Beckham finished second.
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