Ranking Dave Gettleman’s 5 worst Giants moves after the Kenny Golladay release

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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) walks off the field after a 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in East Rutherford.Nyg Vs Tb /

2. Signing WR Golden Tate

Signing Golden Tate made zero sense. In the offseason of 2019, Gettleman famously preached “we did not sign him to trade him” referring to Odell Beckham Jr., and then the GM promptly traded him to Cleveland, just one year into his five-year extension.

The Giants had to take an absurd dead cap hit to trade OBJ, and then the team signed Tate to a three-year contract in an attempt to replace OBJ.

That plan failed miserably. Tate was suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drugs policy. Tate claimed it was from the fertility medication he was taking.

Tate also had a bizarre interaction with Judge following a loss to Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football game in 2020 after he yelled into the camera about wanting the ball. The conversation with Judge resulted in Tate missing practice and meetings later that week, likely as a disciplinary action.

Tate had just over 1,000 in two seasons with the Giants and was cut before his third. Gettleman did not want to trade OBJ, then did, and then he signed Tate to appease the fanbase, but then eventually cut Tate too. A decision circle of incompetence.