Golden Tate’s admits that his initial reaction to the Seahawks’ trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin wasn’t an entirely positive one.
Tate finished strong in 2012 and wondered what it meant for his role that his team traded a first-round pick for Harvin and then signed him to a rich long-term deal. Tate stood to lose more than touches, as his rookie contract expires after next season, but coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider tried to put his mind at ease. They explained that Tate will often play outside with Sidney Rice while Harvin works inside out of the slot, a situation that should give everyone more room to work. Carroll also said that the plan is for Tate to get the ball more often than he did last season.
“Golden is really ready to be a terrific football player,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “We love what he does, and we just have to get him the ball more and spread it around to him. It took him a couple years to get going and now he’s legit for us and we love what he brings. And he does different things than what Percy does. Percy is a very unique quality guy. I think it’s going to fit together just fine.”
Everyone’s set to get the ball more and make a bigger impact in June, so we’ll see how that turns out but Carroll’s belief that everything fits together just fine is hard to argue with. Harvin’s going to be moving all over the offense while Tate plays the more traditional wide receiver role, a pairing that should give Russell Wilson plenty to work with on offense.