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Report: Giants and OL Nick Gates agree to a two-year extension

The former UDFA appears to be in line to start

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The New York Giants and OL Nick Gates have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth up to $10.3 million, the team announced on Saturday.

Per Mike Garafolo, the extension could max out at a value of $10.325 million.

Gates originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Last year Gates started three games at guard and right tackle for the Giants, stepping in after injuries to RG Kevin Zeitler and RT Mike Remmers.

Gates has been considered a candidate to start at right tackle and will also compete with veteran Spencer Pulley for the starting center position. The amount of money the Giants will be paying Gates — between $6.8 million and $10.3 million — strongly suggest that he is viewed as much more than just a versatile backup. Instead, it is likely that we will see him starting at one position, either right tackle or center, this year.

That becomes even more likely in light of the decision by left tackle Nate Solder to opt out of the 2020 season. The Giants have a hole at the right tackle position, and it seems that Gates could fill it.