EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — signed wide receiver Golden Tate is not considering the New York Giants like a total rebuild. He views the problem differently, even when Odell Beckham Jr. , Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon are no more with the team after recent moves.
Tate said Friday after signing a lucrative new contract with the Giants that the team is still”less far off as people think.” Part of that is an opinion there are good players on this roster.
The Giants have delivered mixed signals in recent days with their words and actions. They exchanged Beckham and Vernon into the Browns and allowed Collins to depart via free service. Collins signed a record deal for a safety with the Washington Redskins.
General director Dave Gettleman said in an announcement to declare the transactions which the Giants aren’t tearing it down with their eyes completely on the future.
“You can acquire although you create a roster,” Gettleman explained. “We have an agenda, and this can be part of it”
The Giants agreed to a bargain with ta te a few 24 hours later. It’s for four years and $37.5 million with $ 2-3 million guaranteed.
Newyork is likely to soon be Tate’s fourth stop. He started his career in Seattle, drawn at the second round of this 2010 draft, and then signed as a free agent in Detroit before the 2014 season. He was substituted into the Philadelphia Eagles mid way through last season.
The seasoned veteran, who said he grew up a Giants fan and honored his own history, isn’t exactly a youthful construction block. He turns 31 this summer.
They have won only eight games the past two seasons combined. Just the Cleveland Browns have won fewer games over that exact same time span.
It’s not stopping ta te from believing the Giants may perform a bit immediate damage.
“I believe you could win games while you build,” Tate said. “And we’ve got a great division that’s placed us up to complete some fantastic ideas in. Just really kind of eager to play. I believe we’ve some rather important key, great bits in this locker room I’m anxious to find out more about. It starts with, we’ve got a great quarter back, I believe. We have a great running back and ample other really, very great players.
“I only believe when we will get this team to be on the exact same page on a regular basis, we’re going to win games, and we’re going to create as we go. I believe every team in the NFL is now building to a degree “