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Giants release Golden Tate

Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants have decided to part ways with wide receiver Golden Tate as reports confirm that the team has released the 32-year-old veteran.

This comes via NFL insider Adam Schefter of ESPN:

It is no secret that the Bears needed to make a couple of tough decisions in the offseason as they look to improve their salary cap situation. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Tate emerged as one of the first victims of Chicago’s offseason (semi) overhaul. Last season, in his second year with the Giants, Tate made 12 appearances for the team, but it could be said that the overall impact he provided for Chicago was satisfactory at best.

Tate was involved in some controversy last season when his wife ripped the team for how it struggled for pretty much the entire campaign. Rumors then emerged that the Giants were looking to trade him prior to the deadline, which led to a bit of falling out between Tate and the team. The veteran made an apology days later, expressing his regret for serving as a “distraction” to the squad. Chicago ended up retaining the services of Tate past the deadline, although it is also possible that the reason behind the same was their inability to find a suitable trade partner for the former Pro-Bowler.

Along with Tate, the Giants have also released LB David Mayo. Reports state that Chicago will be able to save around $8 million in salaries by cutting these two players. At this point, however, it remains to be seen how the front office intends to make use of this savings.