Golden Tate hasn’t been a member of the Seattle Seahawks since early in the offseason, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still talking about them.
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Tate said he wouldn’t be able to take Sherman’s expected trash talk seriously because he is such good friends with Sherman, per the Seattle P-I:
"“I’m sure Richard would (talk),” Tate said. “But I don’t know how that would work out because I played with him, I played against him in college, and we became such good friends that I’m not even sure how serious it could be. I think I’d be out there laughing if he was talking trash to me. I think he’d be doing the same thing.”"
Sherman is one of the best corners in the league and 2014 will be the first season Tate will be on a different team, after he signed a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions in March.
The Seahawks and Lions don’t play each other this season, but even if they did, it would probably make more sense that Sherman get assigned to cover Calvin Johnson, rather than Tate.
Regardless, the conversation was about hypotheticals and Tate seemed intrigued by the idea.
"“It’d be a fun game,” Tate said. “I know Sherm would bring his best and I’m going to bring my best — but as far as the crap-talking, I don’t think it would get to either one of us just because I know him as a person outside of football and how goofy he is and he knows how goofy I am.”"
The Seahawks replaced Tate by drafting Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and with a healthy Percy Harvin and the return of Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, their receiving corps should be good to go this year.
They are currently preparing, along with Sherman and the rest of the Seahawks, for the team’s first preseason game, which will be against the Denver Broncos on Thursday.
The Lions preseason opener is on Aug. 9 against the Cleveland Browns.