On Tuesday, the New York Giants announced that WR Golden Tate‘s appeal has been denied and he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 13, 2019
Tate issued the following statement regarding the news:
— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) August 13, 2019
Tate claimed that the PED violation was stemmed from fertility treatment he was prescribed in April.
The Giants are really hurting at the receiver position right now due to injuries, so not having one of their top receivers for the first four games could have a pretty big impact to open the season.
In total, Tate’s suspension will cost him $464,705 of his 2019 base salary.
Tate, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract in Seattle before signing a five-year, $31 million contract that included $13.25 million with the Lions.
Tate was traded to the Eagles at the deadline last year and made a base salary of $7 million for the 2018 season. The Giants later signed him to a four-year, $37.5 million contract that includes $23 million fully guaranteed.
In 2018, Tate appeared in 15 games for the Lions and Eagles and caught 74 passes for 795 yards receiving and four touchdowns.