Nick Gates’ three-year free agent settlement with the NFC East rival Washington Commanders isn’t stunning contemplating how shut he was to not being a Giant final season.
Gates had tears in his eyes within the Giants’ locker room early within the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 6. Quarterback Daniel Jones crossed the room, hugged him and stated a couple of non-public phrases.
Gates had been knowledgeable simply days earlier than the staff’s Week 1 opener in Tennessee that he was going to be launched.
He was nonetheless rehabbing from his devastating 2021 compound leg fracture. He was being reduce with out ever getting the possibility to show he might nonetheless play within the NFL.
In the subsequent few hours, after some conversations, the Giants’ plans modified. The staff retained Gates, ultimately opened his follow window, and gave him an opportunity to show he might nonetheless play.
Gates performed in 10 common season video games, beginning eight, and performed in each playoff video games, serving to the Giants to their first postseason look since 2016 and first playoff win since 2011.
And on Monday, Gates agreed to depart for the Commanders, as reported by the Daily News and NFL Network, becoming a member of the franchise that he fractured his leg in opposition to in Week 2 of the 2021 season at FedEx Field.
A supply confirmed Gates is signing a three-year, $16.5 million contract with Washington that features $8 million assured and one other potential $1.5 million in incentives.
And now he’ll face his former Giants franchise twice a 12 months.
The Giants re-signed developmental guard Wyatt Davis, an unique rights free agent, on Monday. But they nonetheless have wants on the inside O-line.