One-time Pro Bowler Golden Tate is going on four months without a team, hearing crickets since his release from the Giants in early March. The 32-year-old should resurface at some point, perhaps this summer when injuries begin to arise at NFL training camps. Tate, at this point in his career, will take the work wherever he can get it, though there are still certain situations he prefers over others.
“There are a couple teams I’m looking at,” the three-time 1,000-yard receiver told NFL Radio on Sirius XM. “I’d love to go back home to Tennessee. Indy, over with Carson Wentz. Obviously, L.A. Rams would be fantastic with Stafford. I had my best years with Stafford. I really like the entire NFC West, to be honest.”
A native of Hendersonville, Tennessee (a Nashville suburb), Tate would obviously jump at the chance to play for his hometown Titans, if that opportunity presented itself. The 2010 second-rounder also has ties to Indianapolis, owing to his three-year stint at Notre Dame and his relationship with former Eagles teammate Carson Wentz. Tate’s lone Pro Bowl appearance came playing with Stafford on the Lions in 2014, when he blew up for 99 catches and 1,331 receiving yards (both career-highs), the latter good for seventh in the NFL that season.
“This guy, No. 9, Matthew Stafford, is next level. This guy is going to come in and compete, keep his head down. He’s a great locker room guy,” said Tate, who spent the better part of five seasons playing with Stafford in the Motor City from 2014-18. “He’s tough as nails, which is probably what stands out the most for me. He can make any throw on the field. He’s going to keep you in games, no matter what the score is.”
Of course, the veteran’s goal of reuniting with Stafford (who was traded in a blockbuster deal sending former No. 1 pick Jared Goff to Detroit earlier this offseason) is complicated by the presence of Jalen Ramsey, who he has had a long-running feud with (Ramsey supposedly left Tate’s sister, Breanna, while she was pregnant with their second child), culminating in an on-field confrontation last season. The Rams are also fairly well-equipped at wideout with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, DeSean Jackson, Van Jefferson and recent second-round pick Tutu Atwell comprising a deep pass-catching corps.
Tate joined the Giants on a four-year, $37.5-million contract in 2019 (which, even at the time, was considered redundant with Sterling Shepard already operating as the team’s primary slot receiver), but proved to be an odd fit, becoming a locker-room headache while butting heads with coach Joe Judge, who benched him for New York’s Week 9 game in Washington last season. A former Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks, Tate ranks sixth among active players with 695 career receptions.