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Golden Tate is probably the best wide receiver available in free-agency, and there are quite a few teams with enough cap space to pay him. Tate did not impress in his eight games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, tallying just 278 yards and one touchdown, but he could rebound nicely if he lands with the right team.
With that said, let's break down the three most likely landing spots for Tate this offseason.
4. Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson struggled with accuracy issues in his rookie season, so bringing in Tate as a safety blanket makes a lot of sense. Signing Tate would theoretically give Jackson a lot of easy, short completions, which could help get Jackson into a passing rhythm. The Baltimore Ravens just paid big money for Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram, but they still have enough cap space to bring Tate in.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason, who both do a ton of damage on underneath routes. Tate would be an excellent stop-gap replacement, as he does his best work closer to the line of scrimmage. The Steelers need to bring in someone to play opposite of JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Tate is the best-available option.
2. New England Patriots
Golden Tate is the consummate Patriots wide receiver. His short-area quickness is off the charts, which makes him extremely dangerous on quick passes, and nobody makes quicker decisions than Tom Brady.
Tate also excels once he gets his hands on the ball, leading the NFL with 23 forced missed tackles after the catch last season. The Patriots have been quiet so far, but they need talent at wide receiver and certainly have enough money to get this done.
1. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are sitting on a goldmine of cap space, but they haven't been very aggressive with it so far. They did shell out $13 million for Devin Funchess, but Tate is a different enough receiver to justify bringing both in.
Tate would be an excellent fit in Indianapolis, as he does most of his damage in the slot, while T.Y. Hilton and Funchess are perimeter threats. Signing Tate gives Andrew Luck a go-to target on third downs who can reliably move the chains. Indianapolis was 0-9 on third down in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round, so acquiring someone like Tate should be a priority.
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