Giants gives undrafted gem Nick Games contract extension

The Giants see Nick Gates as a starter on the offensive line.

Now they’re paying him like one, too.

Gates signed a two-year extension Saturday value at the least $6.825 million, with bonuses and incentives that might push the worth north of $10.three million, The Submit confirmed. He was set to earn $675,000 within the last 12 months of his unique contract (earlier than restricted free company) however now could be beneath contract via 2022.

“Pleased to name New York dwelling for the following three years,” Gates wrote on Instagram.

The entrance workplace believes it uncovered an undrafted gem with Gates in 2018. The previous teaching employees held him in excessive regard. And the brand new teaching employees stresses versatility — considered one of Gates’ greatest belongings.

Gates, 24, was instructed to observe snapping within the offseason as he is in the mix with Spencer Pulley and rookie Shane Lemieux to begin at heart. He educated close to his Las Vegas dwelling with Giants left guard Will Hernandez and several other members of the Raiders, together with quarterback Derek Carr.

However this week’s offensive line improvement — Nate Solder opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 well being dangers — pushes rookie first-round choose Andrew Thomas to left sort out and creates a void on the precise facet for rookie third-round choose Matt Peart, veteran Cam Fleming or Gates.

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Solder’s opt-out freed up $13-16 million in salary cap space, however negotiations on Gates’ extension started a lot earlier this offseason and weren’t a direct response to looser purse strings. Common supervisor Dave Gettleman singled out Gates’ toughness and “shiny future” earlier than the NFL draft.

Gates began 10 video games at proper sort out and 25 at left sort out over three seasons on the College of Nebraska. He missed his whole rookie season due to a foot harm earlier than making three begins (two at sort out and one at guard) final season.

The extension was first reported by NFL Community.

“Being an undrafted free agent within the league shouldn’t be straightforward to do,” Gates instructed The Submit in Could. “You must take the chance and run with it at any time when it comes, and use the motivation of getting handed on by 32 groups for seven rounds.

“I strive not to consider that an excessive amount of, but it surely pops behind my head and will get my fireplace burning slightly. I simply must hold going to work on daily basis and specializing in making the staff higher and doing my job.”

Linebacker Markus Golden reported to camp Friday, as The Submit beforehand reported was the expectation. He underwent a second spherical of COVID-19 testing Saturday and, if he has the required three unfavorable outcomes, shall be prepared for a bodily examination Tuesday.

Golden’s delayed arrival due to private causes isn’t thought-about a holdout. He hasn’t but signed his one-year, $4.125 million contract, although that might be the step after passing his bodily.

The Giants formally signed unretired kicker Chandler Catanzaro to a one-year contract. He agreed to phrases final Sunday however wanted virtually a full week to go via the camp entry protocol.

The Giants claimed rookie extensive receiver Tony Brown off waivers from Cleveland. He was undrafted after 56 catches for 707 yards and 5 touchdowns final season for Colorado.

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