Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate didn’t repeat his desire to give 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh the “Sean Lee treatment” when asked about the rivalry between the two NFC West teams during a radio interview, but he left no doubt that he thinks the Seahawks don’t need to stand down for any team next season.
Tate said he thought the Seahawks have a chance to be “really special” in 2013 and that they have the chance to remain that way for a long time. That’s likely part of the reason why Tate is in no hurry to leave the team anytime soon. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Jim Miller, Tate said that his choice would be to remain with the Seahawks rather than jump to another team when his contract expires after the season.
“For me, I’m not treating it any different than any other year,” Tate said. “I’m gonna show up to work, work hard. I’m not worried about any contract talk. I’m just gonna pray on it and hopefully it works out and I’m in Seattle for a long time.”
The arrival of Percy Harvin changes the top of the depth chart at receiver for the Seahawks, but it shouldn’t hurt Tate, who finished strong last season, much at all. Harvin will be moving all over the field and making defenses pay attention to him while Tate works on the outside against coverage that can’t be slanted toward him all that often. If he takes enough advantage of that, Tate shouldn’t have much problem finding suitors should his wish to remain with the Seahawks not come true.