Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) returns a punt during overtime against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Tate: I left Seattle to 'catch more balls, make Pro Bowls'


When Golden Tate left the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in March, he did it in a way that left a sour taste in most Seattle fans’ mouths.

The former lead Seahawks receiver had originally said he would be willing to take a financial discount to stay with the team, then suddenly left to sign with the Detroit Lions saying he felt “undervalued” in Seattle.

“I didn’t mean a 40 percent discount,” Tate said after signing with the Lions in March. “I’m going to earn in one year at Detroit what Seattle was going to pay me for two years. Seattle offered numbers that were laughable. I thought, ‘I’ve given you everything and this is what you give me?’”

Detroit gave him a five-year, $31 million contract to serve as Calvin Johnson‘s wing man.

Seattle had little trouble replacing him on the offense, re-signing Sidney Rice and drafting Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.

Perhaps because he is still bitter about how his time ended in Seattle, on Monday, Tate wasn’t finished talking.

In an interview with ESPN’s “First Take,” Tate said that he has a chance to do better things in Detroit than he did in Seattle:

“I hated being tackled (last year) because I didn’t know when my next ball was going to come,” Tate said. “I have a chance to catch more balls and make Pro Bowls (in Detroit).”

“I think if I can stay healthy, God forbid, it’s going to be fun. I have a chance to catch a ton more balls. I’m going to see a lot of single coverage. I’m probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone’s going to be on No. 81 (Calvin Johnson). I’m excited.”

Tate led the Seahawks with 64 receptions last year. Those catches led to 898 yards, both of which were career-highs for Tate.

The Seahawks still have a run-first offense powered by Marshawn Lynch and Christine Michael for the forseeable future, but most of Seattle’s receivers have already bought into that.

Tate got his money and will probably get his statistics in Detriot, but the Seahawks have a better chance of winning rings right now.

Looks like it worked out for both sides.

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  • Guest

    He’s gonna catch more balls… in his face..

  • trinity

    I don’t think he said anything wrong at all. Seattle lowballed him after he had spent his whole career going hard for them, so I can understand him being wounded by that. as for what he said about catching more balls, he’s now on a team that’s great for wide receivers. Seattle is defense first, running second, then QB-recievers last. Whereas the lions are pass happy with a quarterback who loves to fling it (even if it’s to the opposing defense sometimes lol). He’s going to get a lot more touches being the number 2 guy in a pass happy offense, and Seattle thinks they will be fine without him. Everyone is happy, and there are no bad guys here in my opinion.

    • JohnPaul Sein

      Hes gonna get what he wants with the Lions. Stafford is a good qb and he will get his yards per year desire…

    • Michael Wandler

      First, we have no idea if they low balled him. I heard they offered him about the same per year but with fewer years and less guaranteed. Again, I don’t blame him for chasing the money, but he doesn’t need to run his mouth about it.

      Second, it’s a salary cap league. The bigger your contract, the less there is for everyone else. The Seahawks have a lot of mouths to feed if they want to stay the SB favorites. Again, I’m not faulting Tate for chasing $ over Ws, but don’t complain about it. Maybe Tate could stop thinking about how the Seahawks low balled him on money and start thinking about how Detroit is low balling him on chances to win the Super Bowl. The entire world is a matter of perspective, and you are only going to be as happy as you allow yourself to be.

      • trinity

        Exactly, and both sides seem to be happy, so I don’t think there’s a bad guy. And neither side is disrespecting each other the thing is, you’re right about the cap. The seahawks have become an excellent franchise. They set a value for Tate, and didn’t budge. I don’t blame them for that. Tate looked at their stance, thought he deserved more after what he did for them, and decided he would go somewhere else. And I don’t blame him for that either. Naturally he would talk about it. When he said they lowballed him, he was explaining why he was no longer with the franchise he had been with for his entire career. And what he said in this instance sounded like him explaining the difference between playing for Seattle and playing for Detroit, and that he’s happy with it. Meanwhile the seahawks have moved on and are still the deepest team in the whole league. I think Detroit will be in the playoff mix as well, so there’s no issue here in my opinion.

    • Paddy

      I won’t be the slightest surprised if the Seahawks pass the ball more this year (maybe 46% to 49-50% of the time if Harvin, Baldwin, and whoever wins the 3rd spot stay healthy and especially so if Rice is healthy). I think he saw his window closing for being the number 1 with Harvin and Baldwin poised to breakout. I could realistically see the Seahawks sending a player to the pro bowl. You just have to be very good and not disappear for long stretches in critical games like he did. He just wasn’t a great route runner and didn’t have the ability to get back to the QB if plays broke down.

      • trinity

        I would definitely be surprised if the Seahawks flung the football as much as Detroit. I think they will score a bit more on account of Wilson continuing to develop into a great quarterback. but at the same time, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it like the saying goes haha. the Denver Broncos are literally the greatest offense I have ever seen. Just a sick ass offense led by an all time great quarterback. And the Seahawks flat out destroyed them with their defense. The type of dominance they showed in that game even wowed me, and I’m a saints fan who didn’t care about either team lol. I would be shocked if the Seahawks went away from that in order to throw it like Denver, Detroit, and Chicago. they should keep on with defense first, running second, and passing when they have to.

        • Paddy

          I agree to an extent, but if you followed the Seahawks closely last year, they probably had close to a 50/50 split in called pass/run plays. The reason why it didn’t end up like that was largely because Wilson was sacked a lot more than most and because a good number of plays turned into scrambles (not enough time or guys weren’t getting open). The Seahawks are still going to try to grind out wins with runs, but I think the WR/OL positions will be improved enough to where more of those passing plays will end up as attempts rather than rushes/sacks. And perhaps they would have ended up throwing a couple more times a game strictly because Wilson is getting better. Also, if the offense does improve only a little bit, that will mean more sustained drives and perhaps quicker starts to games for more overall offensive plays. We shall see though. I don’t really buy into emphasis of defense, run, pass emphasis. The Seahawks have games where one or the other work better than others (couldn’t get the run going against the Broncos, but ran over the Saints). The key is to exploit weaknesses. I’m sure they put equal emphasis on all in that they want to be very good at all aspects of the game including special teams.

          And yes, the D was unbelievable.

          • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

            Sacks in the NFL do not count as rushes or for rush yards. Those 44 sacks in college would have affected both, but in NFL they are strictly sacks (as they should be).

          • Paddy

            I think you’re getting a little too technical lol. My only point is that if you get those 44 sacks down to normal numbers by improvement on the OL (30?) then that’s probably at least one more pass per game. My only point is that they’ll probably run it heavily like they have been, but if the guys around Wilson (OL/WR’s) play better, that alone will probably lead to more attempts without taking away from the running game.

  • Michael Wandler

    Catch more balls, make more Pro Bowls…watch the playoffs on TV. He put money above winning. That is a decision most people would make, so there is no need to justify it. All he is doing is making himself look like less and less of a team player. The Seahawks want guys who care most about helping the team win, not their own glory.

    • Paddy

      I will laugh very hard if the Seahawks up their passing attempts this year and send Harvin and or Baldwin to the pro bowl.

  • johntheonly

    I have to agree that Tate is making a good career move for himself. Football fills only a temporary time frame, 3-9 years in most cases, and if he thinks he can make more money, everybody understands that. In fact, Detroit has made a few big changes from a couple of years ago and will challenge in the NFC north. However, I also agree that the receivers for the Hawks have more depth and with Percy Harvin coming in fresh; the writing was on the wall for Tate as far as being a #1. No regrets, Tate played well for us, and personally does not owe us an apology for anything.

    • Paddy

      I agree. He is only going to be turning 26 next month. He realistically could put up a 12-15 year career, so now is his chance to put up huge numbers before hitting FA one final time

    • JohnPaul Sein

      Is there a way to bann these fools? they are just as bad as gold spammers in MMORPGS lol

  • Paddy

    Can’t fault him for leaving. He’ll be the 2nd best WR on a pass happy team and will get stability and decent guaranteed money. I honestly think one of the bigger reasons for him leaving was the fact that he was poised to potentially become the 3rd WR on the team with Baldwin breathing down his neck and Harvin just being a better player by far when healthy. He probably also had a sense the Seahawks were going to hit the WR position heavy in the draft as well as a way to shift to life post Lynch and with an expensive QB coming up in Wilson. I think it comes down to risk, pay, and opportunity for him. I know he appreciated his time in Seattle and loved the fan support, so it’s hard to not root for him. He did have some fantastic plays for the Seahawks over the years (that TD taunting play against the Rams was the difference between being the 1st and 5th seed because the Seahawks were on the verge of blowing that game).