The Detroit Lions made one of the bigger splashes during free agency – at least in regards to ‘name’ players – when they signed wide receiver Golden Tate.
A former Notre Dame talent, Tate was looking to cash in and did so with the Lions who presented him with a five-year, $31 million dollar contract.
That was an offer the Seattle Seahawks refused to provide, who according to Tate, offered up a ‘laughable’ deal.
"Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million deal with Detroit last week, said the offer from Seattle was “laughable” and that he is disappointed in how some Seahawks fans have turned on him for leaving.“I’m just appalled at the attitude I’ve received on Twitter from people I thought were Golden Tate fans,” Tate said Tuesday on 710 ESPN Seattle. “People are starting to show their true colors. I think the world of the 12s [Seahawks fans], but there is a large group who very quickly turned on me. It kind of bothered me because I felt like I gave everything I possibly could to the city of Seattle.”"
Tate’s been known to be a bit dramatic before, so it’s hard to tell just how ‘laughable’ the Seahawks offer was – though elite teams don’t get there by overpaying their non-franchise talent.
That said – Tate should have a fine season with the Lions, picking up single coverage thanks to Calvin Johnson drawing double (and triple) teams across the field.