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Giants release WR Golden Tate, LB David Mayo


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants announced the release of a veteran wide receiver and their special teams tackle leader from 2020.

Released were wide receiver Golden Tate III and linebacker David Mayo.

Tate, 32, played the past two of his 11 NFL seasons with the Giants. He joined the team as a free agent on March 14, 2019, played in 23 games with 14 starts and caught 84 passes for 1,064 yards (12.7-yard avg.) and eight touchdowns.

In 2020, Tate played in 12 games with four starts. He was inactive for the season opener vs. Pittsburgh (hamstring), at Washington on Nov. 8 (coach's decision) and the season's final two games (calf injury). Tate caught 35 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns and completed one of two passes for 18 yards.

Tate started 10 of the 11 games in which he played in his first season with the Giants in 2019, when he had 49 receptions for 676 yards and six touchdowns. The latter two totals were each the second highest on the team.

Tate had a long reception of 64 yards at New England on Oct. 10, 2019, when he had his Giants-best 102 yards. His other high totals were eight catches at Detroit on Oct. 27, 2019 and two touchdowns at the Jets two weeks later. Tate also averaged 9.4 yards on 14 punt returns.

Mayo, 27, joined the Giants six days before the start of the 2019 season and in two seasons played in 27 games with 15 starts. His totals included 100 tackles (62 solo), including 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2020, Mayo tore the meniscus in his left knee, underwent surgery and spent the season's first five weeks on injured reserve. He played in each of the final 11 games, starting two, and led the Giants with nine special teams tackles (six solo). On defense, he had 20 tackles (12 solo), including two for loss and forced one fumble.

Mayo debuted with the Giants the previous season, when he played in all 16 games, including starts in each of the last 13. He tied for second on the team with a career-best 80 tackles (50 solo), including his first two career sacks.

Prior to joining the Giants, Mayo played four seasons for the Carolina Panthers and was in training camp in 2019 with the San Francisco 49ers.


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