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Giants Come to Terms with Free Agent Wide Out Golden Tate

He’s not the playmaker that Odell Beckham Jr. is, but for the Giants, they needed someone to fill the void, and are hopeful that Golden Tate can fill the void.

Thursday Adam Schefter reported that Tate and the Giants agreed to a four-year deal, worth a reported $37.5 million that includes $23 million fully guaranteed.

Tate brings a Super Bowl title with him to the Giants, winning a championship in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks.

That season was his best, as he pulled in 92 catches for 1,003 yards and five touchdowns. Last year he started the season with the Detroit Lions, then was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, who made it to the NFC Divisional round before losing in New Orleans to the Saints.

With the Lions and Eagles in 2018 Tate had 74 grabs total for 795 yards and four touchdowns.

Odell Sent Packing; Former First-Round WR Beckham Jr. Traded to Cleveland

One of, if not the biggest playmaker in Giants history is gone, as Tuesday night the G-Men traded 2014 first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

The return for Beckham is a first-round pick this year, a third-rounder this year and safety Jabrill Peppers.

The trade can be finalized Wednesday when the NFL’s new league year begins.

Rumblings about the Browns looking to deal for Beckham started four months ago, and since then it’s come up over and over that the Browns were interested in making a deal for the wideout, and gained steam earlier today.

The move comes just seven months after the wide out signed a five-year, $90 million extension.

Beckham and new Giants coach Pat Shurmur never seemed to be on the same page, and Beckham publicly criticized quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants’ offensive scheme, expressing his frustration with facing double coverage and a lack of downfield targets.

Overall in 12 games last season Beckham had 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games

The 2014 first-round pick of the Giants in his five-year career has 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Other than amazing catches, Beckham leaves the Giants with an impressive resume that includes three Pro Bowls and he’s a two-time All-Pro selection.

Giants Tender Former First-Round Pick WR Corey Coleman

Corey Coleman bounced around with not one, not two, but a total of four teams in 2018, but finally it appears he’s found a home with the New York Giants.

If you look at any online sportsbooks the Giants need help in terms of scoring points, and with that the team has decided to keep Coleman around, as they used an original-round tender on the wide receiver as a restricted free agent, a source confirmed to Newsday.

The move means that Coleman will have a non-guaranteed salary of $2.025 million in the 2019 season. The Giants are hoping for a lot more for the former Cleveland Browns first-round pick.

It’s not a 100 percent for sure that Coleman will be with the Giants, but it’s hard to think that any other team is going to chat with him based on what it could cost them with what the Giants placed on him as a restricted free agent.

If Coleman does not play for the Giants in 2019, the G-Men would receive a pick from the original round that Coleman was selected in if he signs elsewhere.

In this case, that would be a first rounder since Coleman was initially selected there by the Browns. This means you can forget Coleman going anywhere.

The former first-round pick traded to the Bills from Cleveland during camp, and then signed with the Patriots before he was picked up by the Giants in midseason.

He had five catches for 71 yards in eight games for the Giants and also averaged 26 yards on 23 kickoff returns. The Giants must feel that he’s going to have a big 2019, otherwise it’s a rather odd move for the team if they don’t think he can’t succeed.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley Wins the AP 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award

Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had to run behind what was a rather weak offensive line in 2018, but he made the most of it week after week.

The Giants top player in 2018 was honored on Saturday night, as he was named the AP 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, beating out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Barkley, the second overall draft pick who rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns drew 26.5 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league.

Mayfield earned 21.5 votes. In addition to the award, Barkley also will soon be sporting a chain, courtesy of Mayfield, as a result of a wager with the rookie quarterback on the outcome.

Barkley also made a team-high 91 receptions, an NFL record for a rookie running back, for 721 yards, and his 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the league.

Video: ESPN’s Mel Kiper Gives His First 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Mel Kiper Jr. joins First Take to break down his 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, which includes the New York Giants taking Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins at No. 6 overall and the Miami Dolphins picking Oklahoma Sooners’ Kyler Murray at No. 13 overall.

Kiper also discusses former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts’ draft stock after transferring to Oklahoma.

Eli Manning Overrated? He’s Second on the List According to a Number of NFL Defensive Players

Eli Manning is a future Hall of Fame quarterback, even if he’s had some really bad seasons sprinkled in with some great ones.

He will be best remembered for two games that sites like Grand National Betting didn’t give him or the Giants a chance to win – that being the two Super Bowl wins over the favored New England Patriots.

With all the success, it seems a lot of Giants fans are over Manning, want him out the door and want the team to move on with a younger, more accurate quarterback, one that they will likely look to the upcoming NFL Draft in April to get.

Manning does not only get a lot of slack from Giants fans, but also it seems like players around the league seem to think he’s had better days, as Manning has been named as the NFL’s second most overrated quarterback.

The survey was conducted by anonymous opposing players around the league, and Manning won the vote.

85 defensive players across 25 different NFL teams took the survey, which was conducted by The Athletic.

The Giants QB and two-time Super Bowl MVP was voted the second-most overrated quarterback in the league. According to the survey, only Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins garnered a higher percentage of the most overrated vote (13 percent) than Manning (10 percent).

Cousins inked a three-year, $84 million fully guaranteed contract with the Vikings last offseason despite never having won a playoff game in his career that started with the Washington Redskins, and this past season he and the Vikings missed the playoffs.

Here’s the complete list of all the QB’s that got votes in the process of the survey:

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens), Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals), Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), and even Tom Brady, which of course is insane considering that Brady is going to go down as one of, if not the best of all-time.

Brady on Sunday was amazing and on target as he and Pats advanced to their 8th straight AFC Title Game with a 41-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Back to Manning, it’s likely that the Giants are going to go out and draft a quarterback, it seems more and more obvious by the day, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team start the year with Manning under center.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has spoken about Manning, stating that the plans are to bring him back in 2019, and while he knows that the end is near for the quarterback, he knows that he’s the best option to at least start the season.

CBS Sportsline Has Out Their First Mock Draft, and the Giants are Going with a QB

The 2019 NFL Draft is already on the minds of plenty of people, including a lot of Giants fans who want to erase the memory of what was a pretty disappointing season.

If you check out you’ll see that not many feel that the Giants in the second year under head coach Pat Shurmur that the team is going to improve a whole lot in 2019, but the addition of some solid pieces in the draft, which will start on April 25th, would go a long way in helping the cause of the franchise.

A lot of places are already coming out with their mock drafts, and it seems like the Giants are going to have to target a quarterback to try and build for the future in place of Eli Manning, who clearly based on last season is at the end of his tenure as the starter with the franchise.

CBS Sportsline on Monday released their first mock draft, and with it they have the Giants going with an interesting pick with the 6th overall selection, that being Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

Here’s what CBS Sportsline has to say about the pick with a little description:

6. New York Giants

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. General manger Dave Gettleman sure sounds like he’s content to bring Eli Manning back for another season but imagine the Giants offense with Murray under center, Saquon Barkley in the backfield, and Odell Beckham and Evan Engram running routes. Woo boy.

The pick would make sense in that he is a quarterback, the Giants likely number one need next season with Manning getting set to eventually ride off in the sunset.

It sounds like it could be very similar to years back when the Giants brought in quarterback Kurt Warner, and he was the heir for Manning, and let Manning learn under him the first season he was in the league.

Warner then late in the season gave way to Manning, who took over and was impressive enough for the team to not bring have to bring Warner back for a second season.

If the Giants do go with Murray, of course there is going to be some growing pains as to be expected, but being picked that high, there’s no doubt that the team is going to put a lot of stock in him being a great player in the league – at some point.

Sure there will be plenty of chatter between now and April, but Murray is a player that the Giants are for sure going to keep an eye on.

Declared Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Says He’s Got His Eyes on Playing for the Giants

Monday Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins made the decision to leave the Buckeyes and enter the 2019 NFL draft.

Many felt the decision coming, but now that it’s official, he’s likely to be the top QB taken in the draft, and the Giants are one team that is going to have their eyes on him.

Haskins says he’s got feelings to play in the Big Apple as well.

Pro Football Talk reports that Haskins is hoping to play for the Giants. In a profile of Haskins by Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune in December, it was mentioned to Haskins that the Giants needed a quarterback and might be a good place to start his career.

Haskins, who grew up in New Jersey, replied: “I’m hoping for that too.”

The Giants, who had a rough year under new coach Pat Shurmur, are going to need a QB as Eli Manning is entering the twilight of his career, and there’s no doubt they will be interested in whoever can play the position.

Haskins had a monster year for the Buckeyes, as he completed 70.0 percent of his pass attempts for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. Haskins also scored four touchdowns with his legs.

Standing in at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Haskins is also the ideal size for an NFL quarterback, and could be New York bound.

Giants Will Look to Turn Fortunes Around in Week 16 Against Colts

Ugly doesn’t begin to describe the New York Giants lackluster outing just 24 hours ago as they were dominated in just about every facet by the Tennessee Titans 17-0 Sunday.

The loss puts New York at 5-9 on the season, and with two games left to play in what’s been a painful season for first-year Giants coach Pat Shurmur, there’s not a whole lot of gold at the end of the G-Men’s rainbow it appears right now.

Fanduel Sportsbook has an early line on the Giants next game, a road tilt at Indianapolis against the Indy Colts, a team that sits at 8-6 after Sunday’s somewhat stunning shutout of the Dallas Cowboys (at least that’s a positive) 23-0.

It was the first time in 15 years that Dallas had put up a goose egg, and the Colts will be looking for that same type of outing at home against the Giants this next Sunday.

The Giants sit as we speak as a 9.5 point underdog for Sunday’s game, and likely for good reason. They haven’t shown the ability of offense to be consistent, and will face a red hot Colts defense that is looking for a second straight solid outing against an NFC East team.

Oddly enough, the Colts are one of just three teams in the NFL that Eli Manning has never beaten (Chargers and Giants are the other two), so there just might be a little motivation there as well for Indianapolis.

Manning 0-3 straight-up against the Colts in his career, which includes going 0-3 against the spread, meaning that if you are laying the odds, it’s probably a safe bet to put some dollars on the Colts in this AFC-NFC showdown.

The Giants need to get back to running the football again, as Sunday against the Titans it was a tough go for rookie running back Saquon Barkley, as he ran for just 31 yards on 14 carries, a putrid 2.2 yards per carry average.

The whole Giants run game stunk up Met Life Stadium, as they ran for just 47 yards on 16 carries on the day, a number that if they are going to compete with the Colts has to improve.

Look for a more competitive effort by the Giants, but at this late stage of the season, it’s fairly obvious that players are already looking at vacation plans, and making offseason golf game dates with their teammates.

It won’t be as bad as Sunday was for the Giants, but it won’t be pretty either.

Giants Safety Landon Collins Won’t Play Sunday Due to Shoulder Injury

Giants safety Landon Collins has been ruled out for Sunday with a left shoulder injury, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has confirmed.

And after Collins underwent further testing on his shoulder Monday, surgery is considered a possibility and he could miss the rest of the season.

This comes despite Collins saying after Sunday’s overtime win over the Bears that initial X-Rays had shown no fracture in the shoulder he injured on a hit of Chicago running back Tarik Cohen.

Collins said Sunday he was just “real sore” after the second-quarter hit on Cohen.

The two-time Pro Bowler missed snaps after the injury, explaining it’s tough to tackle with a bum shoulder.