Giants To Release Golden Tate

The Giants will release Golden Tate, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Expected to be a cap casualty for a bit now, Tate will become a free agent for the third time.

Tate’s Giants tenure started poorly, with the veteran wide receiver being suspended four games for a positive PED test. He posted just 388 receiving yards in his second Giants season in 2020. Additionally, Big Blue will cut linebacker David Mayo, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Together, these moves will create nearly $9MM in cap space for the Giants. Both contracts had two years remaining.

Tate and New York have clearly been headed for divorce ever since the team made him an inactive back in Week 9 for issues with his effort and performance. In a signing that proved to be an unmitigated disaster in hindsight, Giants GM Dave Gettleman gave Tate a four-year, $37.5MM deal with $23MM fully guaranteed during 2019 free agency.

In his first season with the team, he had 49 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games. Tate became a Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks, and made the Pro Bowl with the Lions in 2014. From 2014-17 he had at least 1,000 yards in three of four seasons, but at 32 is now on the tail-end of his career. He should be able to catch on with somebody, but won’t get much if any guaranteed money.

The Giants gave Mayo a three-year extension almost exactly one year ago, but he didn’t make it very far into that new deal. He had a breakout 2019 season where he started 13 games and graded out well, but he fell out of favor with the new coaching staff led by Joe Judge, and only started two games this past season. The 2015 fifth-round pick of the Panthers will now hit free agency at the age of 27.

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31 comments on “Giants To Release Golden Tate

  1. He may have something left in the tank and could help another team, but he was awful last season. Giants desperately needed his veteran leadership and presence to anchor their WR corps and he did not provide any of that. There were times when I completely forgot he was still on the team.

  2. Thronson5

    Wonder where Tate ends up. Can see him going back to Seattle, maybe GB picks him up for cheap, they need another WR.

    • Hawktattoo

      Seattle..you are kidding..right? You must not know the history with him and Russell Wilson.

        • jessethegreat

          Google is your friend here, but if the reports are to be believed, Tate was the straw that broke the camel’s back with Russell’s first marriage.

        • Hawktattoo

          Rumors were that their was a affair with Wilson’s first wife. Also a fight with Percy Hardin over it.

    • mlbnyyfan

      This was a predictable move that’s why I wish they had traded him for at least a late round draft pick at the deadline last year.

    • letmeclearmythroat74

      Juju is so overhyped. I agree , insert Tate and nothing lost … only thing I am not sure if he can tic toc dance , that’s apparently important in Pitt…

  3. dussduss

    having tate and jalen ramsey on the same team would be amazing especially considering ramsey dumped tate’s sister while she was pregnant.

    • jessethegreat

      Imagine if the Rams hadn’t acquired Stafford and got Russell Wilson instead. The drama with Jalen – Tate and Tate – Wilson would have forced them to abandon the stipulations and have Rams on hard knocks.

    • dugdog83

      I wish we had better video of that fight, all the notes gave Ramsey the W

  4. letmeclearmythroat74

    G-men need a stud receiver. Slayton and Shepard are strong # 2 receivers.

    I’d be look at Golladay and see what it takes to bring him in. I’m very unimpressed with the top 5 draft prospects with the exception of Chase.

    • rocky7

      Agree, but whatever stud receiver they draft shouldn’t be a slot receiver….that’s where Shepard does his best and he’s been playing out of position for way to long outside…..go get a burner, with size, and somebody that can contest a catch….something they haven’t had for many years!

  5. Ramon Garciaparra

    Gettleman needs to go. Giving expensive contracts to 30 year old free agents like Tate and Solder is unforgivable for a team that clearly needed a reboot. Using the second pick in his first draft for a running back was also a terrible move in today’s economics and positional values.

    • ChuckyNJ

      Can’t blame the GM for Barkley blowing out his knee. Gettleman does earn credit for getting rid of Beckham, who’s a diva no matter where he goes.

      • yankeenation

        He also signed Beckham to a massive extension just before that so all the credit he earned was lost and some

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