Tate was the best receiver still available to sign in free agency.
The plan has yet to be revealed, but on Thursday, the Giants did manage to sign one of the best remaining free agents who also happens to play receiver. With Beckham traded to the Cleveland Browns, Eli Manning now has a crew of Tate, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and, of course, Saquon Barkley, to spread the ball to in NY. Obviously a big-name guy, traded from the Lions to the Eagles past year. He felt like more of a complementary piece for the Eagles' offense, but did make his presence known with a game-winning touchdown reception in the team's NFC divisional round victory over the Chicago Bears. It is a bit of a surprise he'd choose the Giants given their current situation and him being 30 years old.
One potential conflict? Tate played about 75 percent of his snaps in the slot over the last two seasons. After trading away Beckham, it certainly looked like the Giants wanted to rebuild.
As is often the case with the Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champion have come out of the gates focusing more on keeping valuable depth players such as DE John Simon, WR Phillip Dorsett, and restricted free agent CB Jonathan Jones. 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. The deal includes $23 million in fully guaranteed money. That much is clear.