With the Giants willing to deal Golden Tate, should Saints make an offer?

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The New Orleans Saints still need to add depth at receiver, and Golden Tate, who the Giants are willing to deal, seems like a prime target.

After already creating some excitement prior to the trade deadline by trading for Kwon Alexander, the Saints have one more hole on their roster to fill, and it’s not necessarily a hole that needs to be filled.

No one in the Big Easy thinks wide receiver is a problem for the Saints, but given their injury history, the team should look to add talent, if not for anything better than an insurance policy for the trade deadline.

Ending in just several hours, the clock is ticking for the Saints, a team labeled as one of the best in the NFC prior to the season’s commencement. One player they look target is the New York Giants’ Golden Tate. The Giants are “willing” to part ways with Tate.

Tate has played in six games this season, starting two. He has 20 receptions for 195 yards. Playing with Daniel Jones at quarterback certainly doesn’t help, so he’s better than his figures may showcase.

In his 11-year career, Tate has three 1,000-yard seasons. Having totaled over 600 yards in the past eight years, he’s been a model of consistency, something the Saints could have use for. He’d slide in as the team’s third-string receiver.

Given the fact that Thomas hasn’t played since Week 1, Tate’s addition would add depth to a unit that’s been void of their best playmaker.

Thomas should return in Week 9 though, as should Emmanuel Sanders who was played on the Covid-19 list and missed the team’s victory over Chicago. Marquez Callaway, an ascending star who was signed as an undrafted free agent, missed Week 8 as well.

The Saints need depth at the receiver position, and Tate may be the perfect fit, understanding what it takes to be a professional. Other players like John Ross may bring drama into a locker room that hasn’t been as stable as year’s past.

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His production, his understanding of the game and his professionalism make Tate a perfect addition. Not to mention, the Saints should really only have to pay a late, low-value pick for him as well.