On March 4th the New York Giants announced to the media that the organization would be releasing linebacker David Mayo and veteran wide receiver, Golden Tate. Tate had one of his worst seasons yet with 338 yards and only 2 touchdowns. Tate did not play a huge role in this year’s offense as there was no place for him.
The 32-year-old Tate was in the middle of a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants, and Tate’s contract would have resulted in a cap hit of just under $11 million. As most people know, the Giants receiving core could use work, and getting rid of Tate is a step in the right direction.
Pros of Tate’s Release
The New York Giants have freed over 5 million dollars in cap space with the release of just Tate alone. Whether it is the NFL Draft or free agency, the Giants will pursue another receiver. Possible options could be Kenny Golladay, Corey Davis, or even Sammy Watkins. Possible options in the draft could be DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Kyle Pitts, and Ja’marr Chase. At the end of the day, Golladay and most big names want big money. The New York Giants should be able to sign at least one big-name this offseason. Whether in the edge, wide receiver, or offensive tackle position.
The New Wide-Out Market
There are many options for wide receivers this upcoming offseason. Tate’s release will not affect anything. The 32-year-old is on the decline and coming off the worst season of his career. Most NFL teams will not even think about signing him.
The Chicago Bears placed their franchise tag on stud Allen Robinson and the Bucs tagged stud, Chris Godwin. This makes JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kenny Golladay the most valuable free agents at the wide receiver position. Golden Tate is simply going to be an afterthought and will either be forced to retire or sign a shocking 1-year deal with another team.
Cons of Tate’s departure
Tate was a leader on and off the field. The ten-year vet was a great guy, and more importantly a great player for the two years he was in North Jersey. Golden Tate will be missed by many players, coaches, and fans. On November 5th of this past year, Tate liked a tweet suggesting the Giants should cut him. On November 8th, Tate was benched due to his actions as the Giants went on to defeat the Football Team 23-20.
Tate served as the Giants slot receiver for the two years he was here. The 5’10 man was very quick with his feet and had great route running abilities. Could this release also be a sign of a possible slot receiver coming to New York soon? A receiver like Devonta Smith would be an awesome fit for the G-Men as well as other free agents such as Nelson Agholor.