Reports: Giants cut WR Golden Tate

Jason Owens
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The New York Giants released wide receiver Golden Tate on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The one-time Pro Bowl receiver saw a reduced role last season and had a tumultuous relationship with first-year head coach Joe Judge.

'Throw me the ball' demand, wife's rant sidelined Tate

Judge suspended Tate in November after Tate and his wife complained about his targets in a Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tate twice yelled "throw me the ball" during the game — once at the Giants sideline and another at an ESPN camera.

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The next day, his wife, Elise Tate, published a 330-word Instagram post declaring “I’m lit” over her husband's lack of touches. Tate was absent from the ensuing Giants practice as Judge slammed what he deemed "selfish behavior." He did not travel for New York's game against Washington the following week.

“It has to be team-first for everyone in this building, every coach and every player,” Judge told reporters. “There are no exceptions for that. I’m not going to tolerate and put up with any kind of selfish behavior from anybody.”

Tate started 4 games last season

Tate, who was a full-time NFL starter in his previous eight seasons, started four of the 12 games he played in 2020, tallying 35 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton played ahead of Tate on the depth chart.

Tate, 32, was scheduled to make $8.5 million in non-guaranteed salary in 2021 on the third year of a four-year, $37.5 deal. Instead, he'll be a free agent heading into his 12th NFL season.

The Giants also reportedly released linebacker David Mayo.

New York Giants' Golden Tate during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Golden Tate will be a free agent. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

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