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Golden Tate: “Only time will tell” if I return

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The Eagles got the ball rolling in terms of wide receivers in free agency by re-signing Riley Cooper, but there’s still a deep group of players at the position heading for March 11 without certainty about where they’ll play next season.

One such player is Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, who is set to become a free agent and remains unsure if he has a future in Seattle. On Thursday, he offered no insight into the status of contract talks or if there were even any contract talks to update while saying he’s still hopefully that he’ll stay a Seahawk.

“I did the tough part, and that’s performing on the field,” Tate said, via the Seattle Times. “And hopefully, I can call Seattle home for a few more years. But we’ll see. I know that coach [Pete] Carroll has expressed that he would like to have me on the team, and I have expressed that I would like to stay on this team because I see this team winning for a long time. But we will see. Only time will tell.”

Philly did more than just solidify their receiving corps by locking up Cooper.They also started to set the market for an entire crop of free agent wideouts that are seen as something less than the No. 1 guy on a depth chart. Tate would fall into that group, although he said Thursday that he thinks his situation is “very, very different” from Cooper’s.

Every player’s case is going to be different, but the depth of the market and the amount of players in similar straits make it hard to believe that Tate will wind up with much more than the five-year, $25 million contract with $10 million guaranteed that Cooper got from the Eagles.

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42 Responses to “Golden Tate: “Only time will tell” if I return”
  1. scothawk says: Feb 28, 2014 7:03 AM

    Actually I think $$$$ might tell you more than time Mr Tate

  2. lionsmark09 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:04 AM

    Detroit will call him for that amount. Would give them a solid vet to pair with a 1st round WR (Mike Evans?). I see WR (maybe safety) as being their only big free agent signing this year. 5 mil a year is a good deal.

  3. anonymous135 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:17 AM

    Situations are different… Cooper is a solid #2 wr and had a lot of volume to go with his body of work.

    Seattle is a run offense with a *nfl* best top down receiving corps, with everyone of those guys being clutch when called upon.

    Tate should consider himself lucky that Harvin was injured, he’d never have had the opportunity to produce like he had, especially on Special Teams as a returner.. He’ll also have that much more room to operate with Harvin across from him now, and if he does go down.. he’d be the man (get some heavy incentives written into the contract).

    Hope he stays, but if he expects more than Cooper, I’m happy if the Seahawks move on – I trust they’ll find someone just as good that fits their cap situation.

  4. bennyb82 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:32 AM

    Golden Tate is good but every time he is quoted it sounds like he has an inflated sense of his own value.

  5. meatcarroll says: Feb 28, 2014 7:40 AM

    Wherever Tate ends up, he’s going to be a productive player. He has a skillset that is very unique among receivers, think Percy Harvin. Hope he stays with the Seahawks but can’t blame him if he chooses a better deal. Was always a tough player willing to do the dirty work without any complaints in the thankless position of a Seattle WR due to the run first offense.

  6. duece5 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:42 AM

    The offer Cooper got would be overpaying Tate!!!

    He is worth 5 yrs/25 million??

    Pretty average WR…..he is a #3 on almost any NFL team, but hey, if Seattle wants to pay him that much–go for it!

  7. uglydingo says: Feb 28, 2014 7:42 AM

    Give him the keys to the donut shop.

  8. rg3enoughsaid says: Feb 28, 2014 8:08 AM

    Welcome to the nations capital, Mr. Tate

  9. grogansheroes says: Feb 28, 2014 8:21 AM

    Get ready for the raiding of your roster Seahawk fans. teams will throw way to much money at players trying to get a piece of the Super Bowl.

  10. tinopuno says: Feb 28, 2014 8:21 AM

    Diva in waiting!

  11. chargrz says: Feb 28, 2014 8:25 AM

    Mediocre receiver, Mediocre! He is good at stealing Krispy Kreme donuts though.

  12. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 28, 2014 8:29 AM

    Actually, John Schneider will do the telling. And I think he’ll deem you expendable.

  13. unbridledsexy says: Feb 28, 2014 8:51 AM

    The guy is tough as nails and always pops right back up. If hate to see him leave.

  14. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 28, 2014 8:53 AM

    That seems like exactly the contract he should be offered. He’s better than Cooper, and in an offense like Philly’s or New England’s I think he could put up great numbers, but the market is saturated with WRs and so is the draft. Just a bad time to be a free agent for him.

  15. texansdude says: Feb 28, 2014 9:00 AM

    As we all know, time is money.

  16. essentialsausage says: Feb 28, 2014 9:19 AM

    He seems like a solid number 2 receiver that you can put on the other side of the field with your stud.

  17. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:21 AM

    Golden Tate is also the number 2 punt returner in football. So without question he should be hoping for a contract a little bigger than Cooper’s. Put Tate in a system where he sees 20 more targets you have a 1000 yard receiver easily.

    Seattle being a run first team, you need efficient WR like Tate/Baldwin to move the chains when you pass. He is excellent after the catch and can line up outside or in the slot. The WR draft class is so deep that I think JS/PC will also be looking there hopefully in the early rounds because WR specifically in later rounds has been misses the last 3 years.

  18. linemanguy74 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:38 AM

    Said before you better keep him as that other guy, Harvin may miss a few games !!!

  19. themagicman1223 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:38 AM

    Meh, he’s pretty expendable here with Harvin and Baldwin. Let’s not forget about Kearse who’s a very good receiver. I honestly don’t think Tate should be a priority for us to resign.

  20. ariani1985 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:40 AM

    The golden turd.

  21. sbchampsagain says: Feb 28, 2014 9:54 AM

    Overrated! Clap~! Clap~! Clap~! Clap~! Clap~!

  22. jeffesky says: Feb 28, 2014 10:04 AM

    As a 12 I love Tate. The guy (all our guys) don’t get thrown to a lot and make spectacular grabs , we need to keep him. I see a this passing game blowing up next year with Harvin. If we keep are guys! We can pick up a few tall guys to compete for the number 5 but WE DON’T NEED A TALL GUY more than we need Tate. Baldwin,Tate,Harvin,JK these guys are Great and if your not a 12 then you didn’t see what we saw all year. He stays , Miller restructures, Clem gets released and comes back (he was an animal last half the year but in the post season a BEAST) I see Clem back 2 years 6m. Red I think is gone because I think he can get more than we can afford. Rice could come back on the cheap after he’s released because coming off the knee is going to hurt his value.

  23. bert1913 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:21 AM

    as long as tate isn’t seeking number 1 receiver type money, there is a chance he’ll be back with seattle

  24. cowboysfanantijerryjones says: Feb 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    I love how all the hawk fans are saying “No worries, let him go, we have Percy Harvin.”

    CHILD PLEASE! Percy Harvin has a hard time staying on the field for more then 2 games in a row.

  25. cajunirish says: Feb 28, 2014 10:37 AM

    Tate to New Orleans as the slot receiver sounds great to me!

  26. whatjusthapped says: Feb 28, 2014 10:43 AM

    He’s not even good, unless you considering breaking into donut shops a valuable skill, then go ahead and sign him. Tate is the type of FA that gives this strategy a bad name. If he signs with another team, he will underperform and everyone will wonder what happened? Its simple, he sucks and had an average year with a Superbowl team.

  27. hawkstradamus says: Feb 28, 2014 11:08 AM

    What’s with all the lies about golden Tate stealing a Krispy kream doughnut? It was a hand forged maple bar from top pot doughnuts! Top pot maple bars are on a whole different level of awesomeness. Think of the Detroit lions secondary as a Krispy kream now imagine the Legion of boom as the top pot maple bar.

  28. theclink12 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:15 AM

    Seattle will be smart when it comes to resigning him or not.

    I guarantee John Schneider has a cap figure in mind…if they can get him for that then Tate stays…but if another team is willing to overpay him (Detroit?) then Seattle won’t match it.

    A lot of people on here aren’t focusing on the true value of Tate for Seattle. It’s not just his catches, yards, and TDs. Tate is tough as nails, a great blocker in Seattle’s run based offense, and a great punt returner. If you can’t block and block well then you don’t play WR for Seattle

  29. elgranderojo79 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:28 AM

    Don’t forget he never hangs his QB out to dry on a deep pass. He goes an attacks the ball, which keeps defenders from getting INTs even if he doesn’t catch it.

    I think the Cooper contract would be a good offer to Tate, though I don’t know if Seattle will offer that much. We’ll see if Tate signs for a million less per year… then we’ll know he was serious about that hometown discount. He needs to remember that Washington has no state income tax too.

  30. bspurloc says: Feb 28, 2014 11:35 AM

    but but….

    The announcers said the Seahawks are young and could have 5 more Super Bowls coming…

    cuz no one values $$$$ over winning today.

  31. thefox61 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people post here that 1) know very little of football and 2) nothing about the Seahawks.
    Tate will be back. He has already indicated that he is not looking for #1 WR money. The Seahawks will release Rice and Bryant. The money they save there will be used to resign Tate and others. Bennett will be gone. He has already indicated that he expects a big contract. He will probably find it elsewhere as the Seahawks are loaded at DE.

  32. hawkitrond says: Feb 28, 2014 12:16 PM

    I really hope the Hawks get him back, if they don’t and he goes a team that you cheer for he might not have huge numbers but he has the ability to. He is dangerous everytime he touches the ball, he was the only player to have over 800 rec. yards and 500 return yards, ( not inluding a 60 yard TD punt return that called back for a ticky tack holding penalty) Even with a pretty short tenure in Seattle he has one of the most extensive highlight reels of any receiver we have ever had. If a team used him more Welker-like he could really do some damage. Trust me if he comes to your team be happy, eventhough there is a ton of FA WR’s this year there is a great chance he is the most explosive. And he never stops until the whistle, if you keep an eye on him during games he blocks his butt off as good as anyone out there.

  33. jason1980 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:27 PM

    You see son, you telegraphed your desire to take a “hometown discount”, owners listen to that kind of naivety. They’re businessmen, now you’re whining in your wheaties. See what the free agency market will pay you, understand, it’s not nearly as much as you think you’re worth. Let your agent do the talking, notice how the big mouth, “give me the money” boys always lose. Thread lightly, son.

  34. chawk12thman says: Feb 28, 2014 12:28 PM

    No State Income Tax…..That’s a great hometown discount right there….

  35. mazenblue says: Feb 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    Percy Harvin is not clutch. Dude had one good game in his pro career. Most foks consider Clowney a number 1 pick so it doesnt surprise me. Remeber he made that one play when nobody blocked him. It was against my team too. I thought he was the next best DE, then I watched the replay. The OL made a hole for him.

  36. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    Come to Baltimore and play opposite Torrey. Then move inside to slot on 3 wide sets.

  37. goldrush36 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    Best place for Tate is right where he is at. That said I think people overvalue the income tax part of the equation on these deals. Players are usually lookimg at their perceived value and where the #’s line up on the contract. They aren’t usually looking at the true net value of the deal

  38. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    You pushed off and didn’t catch the ball against the Packers, clown.

  39. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:50 PM

    Percy Harvin had one good game in his career?

    Where do you “fans” come from. Up until Percy got hurt vs the Hawks he was a legit MVP candidate with Noodle Arm Ponder throwing him the ball. 2011 with Brett Farve he had nearly 1000 Rec yards and 350 rushing yards. That’s without bringing up he was year in and year out the maybe the best KR in football.

  40. wimpyburgers says: Feb 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    I agree with the people who say that Tate has an inflated sense of his worth.

    First of all, he made several poor decisions on punt returns this year that could have hurt another team that doesn’t have the weapons Seattle possesses. Wilson and Lynch got them out of trouble.

    He also made some stupid fouls that kept the other team hanging around because of his egotistical play.

    Never mind that it took him almost two years to get up to first team standards.

    If he fits into the Seahawk’s plans, then they should keep him, otherwise let him go out and find his “true value”

  41. irvfin3 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:40 PM

    I don’t think the Seahawks need Tate unless Harvin (god forbid) gets injured again. Baldwin is at least decent and Kearse is aright himself. Seattle would be smart to keep him as a No. 2 he is tough. I’d love to see him on the Jets we can desperately use him.

  42. seabeast206 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:19 AM

    Tate has increased Has production by 30% each year since being in the leauge. Meaning he has only gotten better each year. No slumps just improvent. How much you guys wanna bet he increases by another 30% next year. And you don’t get 2nd best in the league on punt returns by making poor decisions Harvin is a dynomite playmaker and the two play a similar role. People who hate on harvin and tate are ignorant. I mostly excited about Christine micheal beast mode strength. Petterson speed shady McCoy elusiveness. 2014gohawks

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