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Golden Tate could be in danger of being cut

Marcus Sherels, E.J. Henderson, Golden Tate AP

The Seahawks, under G.M. John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, haven’t been bashful about bouncing players they inherited — and/or squeezing them into taking less money.  But the harsh reality of the NFL may not be limited to the men who were there when Schneider and Carroll arrived.

John Clayton of ESPN, via our brethren at Rotoworld, thinks that receiver Golden Tate, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, could be waived.

“Pete Carroll is not afraid to make bold moves,” Clayton said.  “Nothing surprises you when you get to these cuts.”

He’s right, and we’re not just saying that to (further) hype our coverage of cut-down day, which is coming on Saturday, September 3.  Every year at this time, one or more surprises pop up as teams drop from 80 to 53 men on the active roster.

Last year at this time, the Seahawks unexpectedly dumped receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.  It would be even more of a surprise for the Seahawks to give up so quickly on Tate.

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53 Responses to “Golden Tate could be in danger of being cut”
  1. joetoronto says: Aug 31, 2011 7:06 AM

    Not so “Golden.”

  2. starfan79 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:06 AM

    Come to Dallas, we need some insurance

  3. phaktor333 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:13 AM

    Ah….Golden.

  4. redguy12588 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:15 AM

    I wanted the steelers to draft this guy, shows what I know.

  5. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 31, 2011 7:15 AM

    Well he has such a silly name anyways….Remember Jarvis Redwine? “Icky”Woods? There’s been a lot of funny names over the years in this league….Golden Tate is surely one of them…..

  6. bcjim says: Aug 31, 2011 7:20 AM

    Big blow for PFT if it happens since you seem to like to run his name up the flagpole at every opportunity it seems.

  7. opie333 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:52 AM

    Pete is a idiot! If he doesn’t cut Golden Tate he may be there longer than Pete

  8. denverdave3 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:55 AM

    We are missing a major piece of the story.

    Why? Just for shock value? I doubt it.

    What makes Mr. Tate so vulnerable?

  9. mattsffrd says: Aug 31, 2011 7:55 AM

    And Seahawks fans made fun of the 49ers for our second round bust (Mays). At least we got a pick for him!

  10. broncobeta says: Aug 31, 2011 8:00 AM

    Seriously? Do they really like Ben Obomanu better?

    Who wouldn’t put a claim on this guy? He didn’t have the most productive rookie year, but receivers seldom do.

    Peter Carroll leaves me shaking my head, yet again.

  11. armchairqb says: Aug 31, 2011 8:03 AM

    Other than ND grads, does anyone really care?

  12. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 31, 2011 8:06 AM

    I hear Krispy Kreme is hiring…..

  13. mac3333 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:11 AM

    Please cut him so he can go somewhere and thrive.

    You don’t give up on top tier guys after only 1 season. This constant need for instant gratification or success is stupid. You used to be able to develop talent.

    You don’t give up on guys so early. Cincinnati could have given up on TJ Houshmanzadeh when he was a fumbling machine early in his career. They stuck with him and he eventually became a pro bowler. And he was a 7th round pick!! Are you seriously telling me they might cut Tate after 1 season?

    No wonder Pete Carroll has failed @ every turn in the NFL ….

  14. gbaird25 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:14 AM

    There is a loud hue and cry in the media these days (Whitlock, Jay Bilas) about how college athletes should be paid for their services. They already are paid. They simply have to wait for the dough.

    Maybin is a perfect example of this and if Tate is cut, he is another example of a player who is paid large sums based SOLELY on how they play in college.

    Tebow is another example, to a lesser extent.

  15. 8drinkminimum says: Aug 31, 2011 8:22 AM

    At least 10 teams would take a shot at Tate if released.

  16. razsan says: Aug 31, 2011 8:24 AM

    Tate has been given very little opportunity and Pete Carroll is beginning to show why he is a failed NFL coach. Tavaris Jackson….REALLY???

  17. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Aug 31, 2011 8:28 AM

    A smarter move would be to cut T-Jack. It would be bold, but they really blew it bringing that guy in and paying him so much money. He sucks.

  18. trollhammer20 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:30 AM

    The missing factor is this story is named Doug Baldwin.

    He’s the UDFA from Stanford who now seems likely to take Tate’s roster spot.

    He was Stanford’s leading receiver last year, and this year, he leads the Seahawks in preseason catches, shows a knack for getting open from the slot, and also has a 105 yard kick return for a TD.

    Contrast this to Tate, who has dropped passes, shown little to no improvement in his route running (his biggest weakness last year), and most importantly, has shown a lack of work ethic. It’s almost as if he expects his name and status as a ND grad/relatively high draft pick entitles him to a place on the roster.

    Pete Carroll’s theme is “Always compete”, and right now, it’s looking like Baldwin is going to compete his way onto a roster spot, which will leave Tate the odd man out.

  19. nannymcsack says: Aug 31, 2011 8:32 AM

    no shock value denverdave. the kid can’t catch.

  20. Xenu D. Alien says: Aug 31, 2011 8:32 AM

    What did he do, steal the donuts from the Coaches’ meeting?

  21. birdsnooper2 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:36 AM

    Should cut Carroll, Cable, Schneider, Allen, et al
    instead.

  22. jjrs89 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:38 AM

    I got a craving for stolen donuts all of a sudden

  23. dirtyharry44 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:42 AM

    Get rid of him. He has a terrible work ethic and hands of stone, which is why he ‘catches’ everything with his body. This doesn’t work in the NFL. For you critics of Obamanu: He has earned everything as he’s worked his butt off for three years to be where he’s at right now. And today, I would take Ben over Golden Tate.

  24. kingmj4891 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:44 AM

    Nothing to see here, just another story with no real basis, but to stir the pot. Everyone knows that many receives take several years to develop anyway. Golden Tate just needs more time. I felt round two was a big reach for him anyway, he was probably more a third or fourth round pick grade.

  25. razsan says: Aug 31, 2011 9:11 AM

    nannymcsack…Tate was one of the best recievers in college his senior year. He was a beast and manhandled anyone that tried to cover him. He finished with 93 catches so I believe he can catch. Pete Carroll should be the one eliminated. He’s shown he CAN’T coach at the NFL level..

  26. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 31, 2011 9:31 AM

    Another ND bust! I love it, FIGHT ON USC

  27. dietrich43 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:33 AM

    With Tavaris Jackson chucking the pigskin, Golden Tate has a lot less chances to drop a catch.

  28. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Aug 31, 2011 9:36 AM

    Another Golden Domer laying an egg. Maybe he and Brady Quinn (or Jimmy Claussen) can team up and dominate a saturday morning beer league. ND is the most overhyped program in history. Every year they think they are in the hunt for the #1 ranking.

  29. ndallasruss says: Aug 31, 2011 9:55 AM

    Golden loves the Top Pot Maple Bars.

    I don’t blame him – I’ve had them and they’re worth breaking in for.

    If he gets cut, he’ll sign on with a much better team – like the Vikings or the Chargers. He might have to make less money for a year or two, but he’ll look back at this as the best thing that could have happened to him. Seattle’s going nowhere any time soon – he should be happy to get far away from that trainwreck.

  30. razsan says: Aug 31, 2011 10:00 AM

    @pleasantsu…..
    Ryan Grant, Jeff Fasano, John Carlson, Justin Tuck, Renaldo Wynn, Gerome Sapp, Julius Jones, Luke Pettigout, Jeff Faine…and many others.
    Just because you only recognize skill position players doesn’t mean you know anything about football.

  31. trollhammer20 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:00 AM

    I don’t suppose anyone saw the Seattle-Denver game last season. As a Seattle fan living in Albuquerque, I made the drive up for the game.

    In that game, Tate showed why he was so highly touted, and also why he’s probably going to lose his job.

    On two plays, one a punt return, the other a pass, he made moves to break free of defenders and get into the open field.

    On both plays, he was run down from behind by players that he probably should have outrun, but could not because he was winded.

    So, on the one hand, great athletic ability. On the other hand, so out-of-shape he couldn’t finish plays. Maybe too many Top Pot Maple Bars? Whatever the case, I had mixed feelings about him. The only reason for a WR/KR being winded, especially in a game where he didn’t see a lot of action, is that he neglected his own conditioning. To me, this didn’t speak well for his work ethic, and apparently, that’s carrying over into this year.

    Razsan, what you said about Tate was also true about David Terrell, Peter Warrick, Roy Williams, and a bunch of other WRs drafted even higher than Tate. Hell, it was even true of Mike Williams at one point. Williams had to “lazy” his way out of the league for a couple of years and learn the value of hard work before starting to achieve his potential. The same may be true of Tate.

  32. vahawker says: Aug 31, 2011 10:00 AM

    Maybe if learned to catch the ball he wouldn’t be in this position. Hands of stone. You would think with all that maple goo all over hands the ball would stick better.

  33. broncobeta says: Aug 31, 2011 10:02 AM

    trollhammer20 says:

    The missing factor is this story is named Doug Baldwin.

    ——————–

    Baldwin may be better, but there is still room on the roster for Tate. Just get rid of some irrelevant running back since Seattle is loaded there.

  34. doe22us says: Aug 31, 2011 10:08 AM

    Bottom line too many donuts is not good for you.

  35. razsan says: Aug 31, 2011 10:12 AM

    Trollhammer…I don’t follow the Seahawks so I’ll trust your analysis….but I’m wondering why this happened. He never exhibited any of those traits at Notre Dame. He was a beast with solid if not spectacular hands and had a great work ethic. He was vetry tough to tackle in the open field and I felt confident he would be a player in the Steve Smith mold. It’s still only his 2nd year. I’m sure there are a number of teams willing to give him a shot.

  36. themackstrong says: Aug 31, 2011 10:23 AM

    trollhammer20 hit it dead on. Williams, Rice, Obomanu, Durham and a steal in Baldwin. Personally I think they should cut Butler before Tate only because Tate brings something to special teams but Seahawks were struck drafting Golden Tate when Texans jumped us in the 2nd round of the draft and took Ben Tate. Golden can’t run routes, catch away from his body unless he’s in practice.

  37. Farris in TN says: Aug 31, 2011 10:37 AM

    I hope the do release Golden that way he can come back home to Nashville and join the !
    He’d be a nice fit in the slot with Britt and Washington on the outside. Eventually he could take over for Washington.

  38. Farris in TN says: Aug 31, 2011 10:38 AM

    I hope the Seahawks do release Golden that way he can come back home to Nashville and join the Titans!
    He’d be a nice fit in the slot with Britt and Washington on the outside. Eventually he could take over for Washington.

  39. gottapoop says: Aug 31, 2011 10:49 AM

    *yawns*

  40. marshb13 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:52 AM

    come to jax. your better than any reciever we have

  41. TurdSandwich says: Aug 31, 2011 10:58 AM

    What’s Tate, precious?
    Po-tay-toes!

  42. jimmysee says: Aug 31, 2011 11:03 AM

    Golden Tate to Vikings. No doubt.

  43. tampajoey says: Aug 31, 2011 11:09 AM

    Move over overrated Notre Dame QB busts and make room for Notre Dame overrated WR busts

  44. kappy32 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:39 AM

    Cut him and let the Giants take a flier on him. With the way things are looking, the Giants are going to need a better option at slot than what they are getting from Hixon and Cruz. If they don’t improve there, they are going to see a lot of 8 men in the box situations to stop the run and the safety playing over the top of Nicks on passing situations. Not looking very good.

  45. thefoodrapist says: Aug 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    in the end, it was his addiction to maple bars that derailed him

  46. pigskinswag says: Aug 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    Well he has such a silly name anyways….Remember Jarvis Redwine? “Icky”Woods? There’s been a lot of funny names over the years in this league….Golden Tate is surely one of them…..
    ___________________________________

    It’s still not better than cornerback Reggie Corner.

  47. texansfan2011 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:49 AM

    PFT Article

    Golden Tate says NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes, hears it from racing fans
    Posted by Michael David Smith on July 15, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT
    AP

    Seahawks receiver Golden Tate stepped into a controversy this week when he went on Twitter and proclaimed that NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes.

    Tate was watching the ESPY Awards and saw that NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson was nominated for male athlete of the year. Tate wasn’t impressed.

    “Jimmy Johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism,” Tate tweeted.

    _________________________________

    Maybe he can showcase his atheism as the car/hauler washer/waxier on the weekends for NASCAR. Because if the Seahawks are thinking of cutting, you really must SUCK

  48. granadafan says: Aug 31, 2011 1:04 PM

    Tate may be a bust, but he was dead on correct about race car drivers not being athletes (same with golfers, bowlers, dart throwers, pool players, etc).

  49. trollhammer20 says: Aug 31, 2011 1:07 PM

    themackstrong says:Aug 31, 2011 10:23 AM

    trollhammer20 hit it dead on. Williams, Rice, Obomanu, Durham and a steal in Baldwin. Personally I think they should cut Butler before Tate
    ________________________________

    I think Butler is headed for the PUP list. That badly-broken leg he suffered against the Niners last year sadly may have ended his career.

    It’s just a question of if there’s a space on the roster for Tate, who, if Baldwin steps into the slot, probably won’t be seeing much in the way of playing time this year.

  50. texansfan2011 says: Aug 31, 2011 2:06 PM

    granadafan says:
    Aug 31, 2011 1:04 PM
    Tate may be a bust, but he was dead on correct about race car drivers not being athletes (same with golfers, bowlers, dart throwers, pool players, etc).

    _________________________________

    That just proves you are not very knowledgeable about sports at all.. Wether it be football, basketball, baseball, auto racing, hockey, golf and the list could go on forever. All aspects of sports utilize the same parts of the human body just in different ways and for a different end result. They all use sight, sound hands and feet to achieve the goal that they desire.

  51. buzzkillbill says: Aug 31, 2011 3:55 PM

    With John Carlson headed for IR, Tate will be around this year.

  52. rcali says: Aug 31, 2011 10:15 PM

    With the first pick, in the 2012 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawk’s select…

  53. savannahrose44 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:42 AM

    Tate has been anything but stellar since being drafted by the Seahawks…If they send him packing there will be no need to show him the door…he’s already walking through it. He can go run bad routes and drop passes for some other suckers.

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