Golden Tate says his departure is 'bittersweet'

Staff writerMarch 13, 2014 

NFC Championship Football

Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate runs around the field holding one end of a "12th Man" flag after the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ELAINE THOMPSON — The Associated Press

After touching down in California late Wednesday night to end a whirlwind day, Golden Tate talked to Pete Carroll.

Carroll, who had worked with Tate’s approach and game since the Seahawks drafted him in the second round in 2010, wished him luck, saying he was happy to have coached Tate. Tate thanked him for his patience and the opportunity to develop as a player, resulting in Tate being the Seahawks’ leading wide receiver last season.

In typical Carroll fashion, he reminded Tate to compete at his next stop. Tate responded, “Isn’t that why you drafted me in the first place, because I’m a competitor?”

Carroll agreed, and that was the end of their final conversation as part of the same effort.

Earlier in the night, Tate had left the only organization he’s known in professional football when he signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Detroit Lions. He received $13.25 million guaranteed, which was the crucial number.

The Seahawks had made a “really, really, really low” offer 10 days ago, according to Tate, before upping the number significantly Wednesday while his agent negotiated with the Lions. At the Lions’ facility, Tate received what the Seahawks said was their final offer. He signed with Detroit.

“As a player in my situation, nothing is guaranteed,” Tate told the News Tribune. “You’re not guaranteed to play tomorrow, the next day or three years from now. A guarantee, in my mind, is all I really count as my salary. What I was going to get in the first (year with Detroit) was close to what (the Seahawks) were going to give me over a couple years, so I had to jump.

“The number I had in mind was not really similar,” Tate said. “The number didn’t match up to me how I valued myself, and how my agent valued me. The Seahawks tried, I think they tried.”


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