Golden Tate no longer an option for Patriots; he agrees to deal with Giants

Golden Tate began last season with the Lions, but he ended it with the Eagles.
Golden Tate began last season with the Lions, but he ended it with the Eagles.(file/Matt rpourke/Associated Press)

Wide receiver Golden Tate agreed to terms with the New York Giants on a four-year, $37.5 million deal, with $23 million guaranteed, NFL.com reported Thursday.

The Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. on Wednesday, opening a spot for Tate, who reportedly has been on the Patriots’ radar the past few seasons.

Tate, who had 74 receptions for 795 yards while splitting time with the Lions and Eagles, was considered the top free agent at his position.

Raiders cut WR Nelson

After making several big-ticket additions to start free agency, the Raiders are now making some cuts.

The Raiders released 2018 leading receiver Jordy Nelson and backup quarterback AJ McCarron Thursday to create salary cap space after going on a spending spree earlier this week.


The moves save more than $8.5 million for the upcoming season after the Raiders committed more than $50 million in salary cap space to acquire receiver Antonio Brown, tackle Trent Brown, safety Lamarcus Joyner, and receiver Tyrell Williams.

Bell: No regrets

New Jets running back Le’Veon Bell said he did not regret sitting out last season in a contract holdout with the Steelers during his introductory conference call, NFL.com reported.

“Obviously, everything happened for a reason,’’ he said. “Who can say if I played last year if I do go out there and play on a one-year [deal] or franchise tag that I do get hurt, do I end up sitting here today being with the New York Jets?”

The Jets released running back Isaiah Crowell, an expected move after the Bell signing.

Panthers dump OT Kalil

The Panthers released offensive tackle Matt Kalil and re-signed offensive tackle Daryl Williams to a one-year, $7 million contract.

Kalil missed last season with a knee injury. The post-June 1 designation saves the team $7.25 million in salary cap space.

Kalil, who played his first five seasons with Minnesota, started every game for Carolina in 2017.


Clinton-Dix a Bear

The Bears have former Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year contract.

Dix has 14 interceptions over five seasons with Green Bay (2014-18) and Washington (2018). He made the Pro Bowl in 2016 after picking off five passes and breaking up seven. The Packers dealt him to Washington at the trade deadline last season.

Chiefs get defensive

With a bright red hat perched jauntily on his mop-like hairdo, Tyrann Mathieu signed his contract with the Chiefs and became the centerpiece of the offseason overhaul of their defense.

The Chiefs also signed former Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson and agreed to terms with former Saints defensive end Alex Okafor, adding three building blocks for their switch from a 3-4 system under Bob Sutton to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Steelers nab WR Moncrief

The Steelers added depth at wide receiver, signing former Jaguar Donte Moncrief to a two-year deal . . . Teddy Bridgewater will continue to be a backup quarterback, re-signing with the Saints for one year and $7.25 million guaranteed, NFL.com reported . . . Linebacker Anthony Barr, who flip-flopped on an agreement with the Jets to stay with the Vikings, said, “It was like you’re about to go down the altar and marry the wrong woman.” . . . The Falcons agreed to terms on a one-year contract with running back Kenjon Barner, who played a combined nine games with Carolina and New England in 2018.