Golden Tate trying to ‘stay stress free,’ hasn’t heard from Seahawks


Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates a touchdown by a teammate against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Tate says he hasn’t heard much negotiation talk from the Seahawks as the team works on re-signing Michael Bennett.

But Seattle can’t wait forever to get back to Tate. Unrestricted free agents can start talking to other teams as early as Saturday.

Tate was asked about his desire to stay in Seattle in an interview with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on Sirius XM NFL Radio, but he said that right now talks have been very slow.

“Right now it’s been pretty chill. I haven’t heard too much.” Tate said. “I’ve kind of just trusted in my agent and him being good at his work. Todd [France] has had some great deals in the past and so I’m letting him handle it. Just trying to stay stress free and really enjoying being a Super Bowl champ.”

After having a great 2013 campaign with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns, Tate was listed as one of the Seahawks top-priorities in getting to re-sign. If his work as a receiver wasn’t enough, Tate also had 51 punt returns for 585 yards last year.

“At the end of the day, I did my job,” Tate said. “I performed on the field. I made plays. I helped my team win, At this point, I’m just thinking everything is going to work out. It’s going to work out the way it should work out regardless of whether it’s in Seattle or elsewhere. Obviously, I would like to be in Seattle but the hard part is over. I did my job, I handled my business. I stayed healthy and was reliable all year. Each year I’ve shown to be better than the last.”

The Seahawks released Sidney Rice last week which should make re-signing Tate more attractive to the Seahawks.