Former Eagles WR Golden Tate stays in the NFC East


He didn't break the bank in free agency, but he was able to find himself a long-term deal with guarantees.

Via ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Giants signed the one-time Golden Domer to a four-year, $37.5 million contract. He's cashing in on $23 million guaranteed in the process.

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. Furthermore, while the Giants needed a receiver, they did not need a slot receiver when their only decent receiver, Sterling Shepard, already operates primarily out of the slot.

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Tate caught 90-plus passes in four straight seasons for the Lions and earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2014.

Before the start of free agency, I broke down Humphries' film from last season to explain what made him such a great fit in the Patriots' offense. Tate has since played for the Lions and very briefly - after a midseason trade - for the Eagles. He's posted just 19.5 sacks in that span, but six of those came last season in a career year for the 29-year-old.

Tate's production dropped dramatically previous year after a midseason trade from the Lions to the Eagles, where he averaged just 9.2 yards per reception and 34.2 yards per game. He ended up having a down year split between the two franchises, totaling 795 yards and four touchdowns, which might have affected his market.