Giants news: Golden Tate among veterans New York is ‘willing’ to let go before NFL trade deadline
At 1-6 and in the last place in the lowly NFC East, the New York Giants are open to shop a few veterans, including wide receiver Golden Tate, before Tuesday’s trade deadline (4 p.m. ET).
‘The New York Giants are willing to trade older, high-priced veterans such as guard Kevin Zeitler and wide receiver Golden Tate. New York already traded pass-rusher Markus Golden to Arizona last month,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Golden Tate has 20 catches for 195 yards and one score through the first seven weeks this season — his second with the Giants. In 11 games in 2019, he posted 49 receptions for 676 yards and six touchdowns.
Embattled Giants general manager Dave Gettleman signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract in the 2019 offseason, including almost $23 million in guaranteed money. Tate, 32, will earn a salary of nearly $8 million in 2020, while carrying a cap hit of $10.4 million, per Spotrac. He is due to make about $8.4 million in 2021 and $6 million in 2022.
Zeitler, 30, has $12 million remaining on his deal, which expires after next season. His play has been steady at guard, and he should be a more intriguing trade piece than Tate considering the need for offensive lineman around football. The Giants’ previous opponent, the Eagles, were previously reported to have an interest in both players.
The Giants traded Tate back to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 23, where the outside linebacker spent his first four NFL seasons. New York acquired a 2021 sixth-round draft pick for the pass rusher, who led the Giants with 10 sacks in 2019.
New York ranks 29th in DVOA heading into their Week 8 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.