Patriots reportedly showing interest in free-agent WR Golden Tate

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

So the unenviable job of replacing the best receiver in the National Football League goes to. They incurred a $16 million dead cap hit for 2019 by trading Odell Beckham only seven months after signing to a five-year, $90 million deal that includes $65 million guaranteed. However, they've also swung a trade with Philadelphia for DE Michael Bennett, a move that was officially announced by the team late Thursday morning. He ended up having a down year split between the two franchises, totaling 795 yards and four touchdowns, which might have affected his market. 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.

McCourty played 80 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps during the regular season and was one of four Patriots defensive players who played every snap in the Super Bowl. Signing a 30-year-old receiver to a four-year deal signals the opposite approach.


Golden Tate of the Detroit Lions makes a catch over Jonathan Jones of the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Ford Field. It's a curious roster fit given that the Giants already have Sterling Shepard in the slot and lots of short-range receivers such as Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.

The Giants' plan? Still not clear.

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