According to an NFL.com article by Kevin Patra, veteran wide receiver Golden Tate would be interested in playing for a few different NFL teams. One of those teams is the Indianapolis Colts, but should Indy consider bringing in the veteran wideout?
Tate, who will turn 33 in August, has spent the past few seasons bouncing around the league. In his previous two seasons, Tate played for the New York Giants and caught 84 passes for 1,064 yards and 8 touchdowns, according to profootballreference.com.
Even though those numbers as a whole are fairly solid, Tate’s play did tail off a bit last season, as he only had 35 catches for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns. It should also be noted that Tate only started four total games for the Giants last season, so team’s may shy away given the injury concerns.
In 2018, Tate played for the Philadelphia Eagles but only managed to catch 30 passes for 178 yards and 1 touchdown that season. Although, it should be noted that Tate wasn’t signed by the Eagles until October 30th, which could be part of the reason for his small amount of production.
Some may argue that Tate is on the back half of his NFL career, so it wouldn’t make sense for the Colts to bring him in. Additionally, I’d say that, although he has some experience playing alongside Colts’ quarterback Carson Wentz, bringing in Tate may disrupt the development of some of Indy’s younger wide receivers.
I’m in no way suggesting that Tate is the kind of receiver who “wants his catches.” What I am saying is if he’s on the field, it may mean Parris Campbell or Zach Pascal, two guys who the Colts rely on a lot, may get significantly less playing time.
In all honesty, do the Colts really have room for Tate? Indy already has an established, veteran leader in T.Y. Hilton. The team is also expecting second-year receiver Michael Pittman Jr. to make a significant jump going into this season as well. Let’s not forget about Zach Pascal, a guy who’s been a primary, go-to target over the past few seasons, too.
Not to mention that Campbell is back and 100% healthy. Tate is more of a slot receiver, and the Colts already have that in Campbell.
So, while bringing in the veteran wide receiver may be tempting, given the amount of young talent and veteran leadership the Colts currently have at wide receiver, signing Tate doesn’t make much sense in my mind.