Golden Tate reportedly cut by Giants after two disappointing years

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The Giants are reportedly cutting ties with wide receiver Golden Tate, only halfway through a four-year deal.

The move, first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, comes as little surprise, as Tate and the Giants were clearly at odds last season over his role in the offense.

The rift exploded to the surface when the veteran wideout seemed to call out the coaching staff by demonstrably demanding more touches during a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Bucs in November.

Tate, 32, was disciplined over stunt, being demoted to the scout team and then suspended for the following week's showdown against Washington. He later apologized.

Tate's wife, Elise, fanned the flames with a series of social media posts about how her husband was being "underutilized" in the Giants' feckless offense.

The 11-year veteran's season got off to a slow start due to a hamstring strain suffered late in training camp. After missing the opener, he made the wrong kind of impression upon his return, exchanging blows with Rams defender Jalen Ramsey in an ugly on-field brawl at the end of the Week 4 contest in Los Angeles.

Tate played in five games following his midseason benching, including two starts, but was mostly an afterthought. He sat out the last two games of the season due to a calf injury.

The Notre Dame product signed a four-year, $37.5M pact with the Giants prior the 2019 season after prior stops with the Eagles, Lions and Seahawks. He was drafted by Seattle in the second round in 2010.

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