The New York Giants informed veteran wide receiver Golden Tate that he would be released during a meeting on Wednesday. The move, which was not unexpected, will clear more than $6 million in salary cap space for the Giants.
After having been benched in 2020 for conduct detrimental to the team, it would not have been a surprise if Tate took news of his release poorly. After all, he felt underutilized with the Giants and voiced that at several points last season.
Additionally, there’s long been a belief that general manager Dave Gettleman is less than personable when it comes to releasing players, drawing criticism from Josh Norman, DeAngelo Williams and many others in the past.
But instead, Tate took the high road and offered up nothing but praise for the Giants, their front office and the fans.
Thank You NYC. ❤️🗽 – Golden Tate III pic.twitter.com/w80TgSv5Ky
— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) March 4, 2021
“I appreciate the conversations and professionalism the Giants management showed me earlier today,” Tate wrote. “Always a class act organization from start to finish. Your respect means the world to me and my family.
“To my teammates, I’ll value each and every relationship I’ve built over the last two seasons forever. Such a fun, gritty group of dudes to be around. Y’all go own the NFC East (unless I’m in the division).
“To Giants fans, man did I have fun playing for y’all. Won a Super Bowl at MetLife, and you guys only added to those great memories.
“Business is business. I’m excited to help my next team and go get another ring. God is good. I trust his plan I’m thankful to be healthy and eager to see where he’ll take my family and I. Looking forward to next season. Leggo! Thank you, NYC!”
Tate finishes his Giants career with 84 receptions for 1,064 yards and eight touchdowns in 23 games.