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Lions strike five-year deal with Golden Tate


The defending Super Bowl champions are losing one of their key passing game targets.

The Lions and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate have reached a five-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Tate told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the contract is for $31.25 million and includes $13.25 million in guarantees. first reported that the club had the makings of a deal with Tate, and ESPN first confirmed completion of the agreement.

Tate, 25, caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for Seattle in 2013. He was the No. 26 overall player and the No. 2 wide receiver on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Tate (5-10, 202) will be the primary complement to Lions go-to receiver Calvin Johnson in the Detroit passing game. The Lions have lacked consistent quality receiver play beyond Johnson in recent seasons. Veteran Nate Burleson, who was the most reliable wideout other than Johnson, was released earlier in the offseason.

Now, Tate will get his shot to fill the role opposite of Johnson, who draws considerable attention from opposing secondaries.

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82 Responses to “Lions strike five-year deal with Golden Tate”
  1. andreboy1 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:47 PM

    Serious blow to the Hawks.

    Better hope lil’ percy doesn’t have and headaches next year.

  2. 12thlegion says: Mar 12, 2014 3:47 PM

    Happy for you Tate. But I hope you FALL ON YOUR ASS!

  3. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 12, 2014 3:47 PM

    Tate/Johnson will be hard to stop.

  4. meatcarroll says: Mar 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    Great fit for him. Sad to see him leave Seattle after the Seahawks patiently developed him. Thanks for the memories, Golden.

  5. gerwinke1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    Think he’d be better in the slot with Evans on the outside. Broyles is damaged goods at this point. Unfortunate because of his talent but his knees are shot.

  6. meatcarroll says: Mar 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    PLATINUM Tate has reached his final form.

  7. chargrz says: Mar 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    He is still a just a Donut thief.

  8. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 12, 2014 3:50 PM

    No better than what they had in Burleson, nothing to see here!

  9. purpleguy says: Mar 12, 2014 3:52 PM

    Isn’t this the guy that caught that historic TD pass in the Green Bay/Seattle game?

  10. blowpackblow says: Mar 12, 2014 3:53 PM

    Now he can catch game winning TD’s against the Packers 2 times a year

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2014 3:53 PM

    Good signing for the Lions. Don’t worry, me-hawks fans. I’m sure Percy Harvin will be 100% healthy all season. HA HA HA HA HA!

  12. andreboy1 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:53 PM

    He just wanted to get away from that idiot that dresses up like “The Thing” for every home game.

  13. kuranda84 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:54 PM

    Very shifty player. Good signing by the Lions. Sorry to see him go, but good for him. They probably paid much more than the Hawks were offering. Tough as nails and hard to bring down.

    Best of luck, Golden.

  14. meatcarroll says: Mar 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    Why do jealous peasants refer to it as the “Fail Mary”? Looked pretty successful to me!

  15. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:57 PM

    Wish I was short and slow. Wow, the golden turd struck gold!

  16. hawksfan99 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    You’re going to regret living in Detroit 😪

  17. cashm says: Mar 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    NooooooOOOOooooo… *sigh* Good luck Golden. Lions got a hell of a reciever here:(

  18. GenXJay says: Mar 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    gbtrolls get to see there safeties burned twice a season now. HailMary!
    (psst. It was a catch)

  19. slugbaitspace says: Mar 12, 2014 3:59 PM

    Disappointing for the ‘hawks, he had some amazing catches and could get yards after. Good speed, really good adjustments, dependable, I really liked watching him play.

    He wasn’t afraid to one-up the LOB, either.

    Going from a team that centers around the ground game to a team that prefers to air it out should help him with stats. Good luck to him.

  20. billybone says: Mar 12, 2014 4:00 PM

    One of them (Bennett or Tate) was expected to sign elsewhere. Based on each players end of season press conference it appeared it was gonna be Bennett. Sucks to see him leave but as we all learned this year and others, defense wins SB’s. Best of luck to you Tate, you were fun to watch.

  21. thefox61 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:01 PM

    Detroit gets a VASTLY underrated receiver. Tate makes huge plays, he’s got to have a pair of he strongest hands I’ve ever seen, he’s not afraid to knock the shoes off an opposing linebacker (literally, ask Sean Lee) and he is an excellent return man.
    Hate to see him leave Seattle.
    Good luck Golden Tate. Stick it the Packers and Vikings.

    Go Seahawks!

  22. WACANHFL says: Mar 12, 2014 4:03 PM

    Plenty of fish in the sea… Hawks will miss him a little, but I heard this years draft is loaded…

  23. oreo51 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:03 PM

    Good, for Golden. He deserves to be paid. The Hawks were not going to be able to do it after signing Percy Harvin. After losing Rice and Tate, the Seahawks will definitely be looking for a couple WR’s in the draft.

  24. schmitty2 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:03 PM

    UPDATE 2:51 p.m. ET: Tate told Josina Anderson of that he had yet to see the details on the proposed deal with Detroit.

    Tate denying he knows anything when asked a question by an ESPN reporter? I feel like I’m having Deja Vu.

  25. tyso4 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:03 PM

    Solid hands good run after the catch.

  26. seattlelibtard says: Mar 12, 2014 4:04 PM

    Good for Tate. He deserves to get paid. For the Seahawks, there are some great WRs on the market come draft time, at rookie contract prices.

  27. trollhammer20 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    So how far will he have to live to actually stay out of Detroit? After all, he did say he didn’t want to live in any crappy cities.

    Ann Arbor, perhaps?

  28. goldrush36 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    Has Detroit fixed the D yet? If not GB owns them regardless of this move. Still think Tate was best off staying put. Kinda sucks cuz now Seattle is gonna draft an even better WR that we will have to defend.

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    How good is he at catching balls that are placed poorly or beyond his reach? He won’t do very well if Stafford can’t efficiently get him the ball and he has never been able to do that with short WRs, and even a tough time with giant WRs. This is a high-risk deal that is contingent on Stafford performing at a high level or it will be doubly painful.

  30. i, flounder says: Mar 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    He just wanted to get away from that idiot that dresses up like “The Thing” for every home game.


  31. thepftpoet says: Mar 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    One receiver from a terrible franchise is signed by another terrible franchise.

    Nothing to read here folks.

  32. thebirdofprey2 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    Golden Tate is going to be worth his contract. I keep reading slot receiver but he can also line up outside opposite Calvin Johnson and win jump ball outside. He is also among YAC leaders in NFL 2 years in a row. If anyone wants to see how tough this guy is watch the Rams vs Seahawks 2nd time around. Every Ram player on special teams and defense tried to put licks on him. He got back up and scored the game winning TD. In a pass first offense I think you’re going to start seeing Steve Smith 2.0 numbers.

  33. blazenhawks says: Mar 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    if you guys think this a huge loss for the seahawks haha think again.

  34. slayisland says: Mar 12, 2014 4:07 PM

    Michigan has the best suburbs in the country! this is hell of a player only dropped 7 passes in 4 years!

  35. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:07 PM

    pretty stupid by the seahawks not to pay this guy. Lions just got a lot better on offense. all their receivers are different breeds.

    why the lions did not get into the corner market or safety market is beyond me.

  36. bigwalt2990 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    So we got a slot guy…still need the #2.

  37. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    Great pickup for the lions , he will be a beast opposite MEGATRON . For sure Tate will get 1000+ yards in that offense . You’ll love his tough hard nosed style play and he will get major YAC .
    Good signing to anyone who knows football

  38. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 12, 2014 4:09 PM

    That Mike Evans pick in the Mock not looking so good now….

  39. ctiggs says: Mar 12, 2014 4:09 PM


  40. metrocritical says: Mar 12, 2014 4:10 PM

    If all Detroit has to show for this free agency period is the retention of Bell, the addition of Tate and a has been to be named later, we can already pencil them in for a top ten pick in next year’s draft. With limited cap space and a long history of futility, the Lions are not a desirable career destination for most top FAs, but, jeez, can’t this organization do something that makes good headlines and makes good sense? Eventually?

  41. theclink12 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:11 PM

    Thanks for the memories, Golden.

    In Schneider We Trust

  42. willnit says: Mar 12, 2014 4:11 PM

    Please don’t turn into Titus young 2.0, for the love of God.

  43. rymurphy617 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:11 PM

    Tate is beyond annoying to cover and plays hard as hell. Lions have no more excuses to suck with Stafford CJ Bush and now Tate.

  44. r8dernation says: Mar 12, 2014 4:12 PM

    Increase the security at all the Dunkin Donut shops in MI.

  45. abqhawk says: Mar 12, 2014 4:13 PM

    Best of luck in Detroit GT, we enjoyed your time with us.

  46. supesfan34 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:13 PM

    Playing in that offense, he might just be a sneaky good fantasy pick next year…

    Sorry to see him leave Seattle, congrats to him for getting paid.

  47. keife54 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:15 PM

    Good pickup by Detroit, he brings toughness and yac to compliment CJ. GO LIONS

  48. metrocritical says: Mar 12, 2014 4:15 PM

    If all Detroit has to show for this free agency period is the retention of Bell, the addition of Tate and a has been to be named later, we can already pencil them in for a top ten pick in next year’s draft. With limited cap space and a long history of futility, the Lions are not a desirable career destination for most top FAs, but, jeez, can’t this organization do something that makes good headlines and makes good sense? It has to happen eventually, right?

  49. cajunirish says: Mar 12, 2014 4:15 PM

    Best of luck to Tate. Don’t look now, but with Bush, Bell, Johnson, Tate and Stafford, Detroit’s offense may be better than their defense. Prediction: they still finish 3rd in their division. Tate should have become a Saint. Would have been a great addition here with the loss of Moore.

  50. adolfoliverbush says: Mar 12, 2014 4:17 PM

    Lions are building something special. Golden Tate to go along with Stafford, Calvin, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and a young O line. They still need a tight end and another receiver in the draft would be nice. This could be fun!

  51. dbara43 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:17 PM

    Anyone stupid enough to make this move is stupid enough to lose all his money in 10 years. Good luck, loser. Enjoy watching us in the playoffs every year.

  52. jahmic says: Mar 12, 2014 4:17 PM

    I think Pete Carroll most valued him for his blocking skills (being a run oriented guy), his was way great. Sad to see him go.

    But all the doughnut shops in the Seattle area will feel a sense of relieve.

  53. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2014 4:18 PM

    Oh geez! The Bears, Packers and Viking have just shifted DBs up their draft priority list.

  54. whatjusthapped says: Mar 12, 2014 4:18 PM

    He might be the single most over rated player on the Seahawks. His new QB, Matthew Stafford is not so accurate so good luck trying to catch throws 20 yards over your head.

  55. drock36 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:20 PM

    Went after the money.

    Good player, will be missed, but with Harvin, Baldwin and Kearse, plus Finley, who will, if smart, join the Hawks, we’ll be fine.

    Too much money, for somewhat inflated numbers, due to Harvin being out.

    Wish him well though, because the closest thing to a SB he’ll get in Detroit in his living room couch

  56. wholelottaawesome says: Mar 12, 2014 4:21 PM

    The punt team will miss him. Depending on the money this could turn out to be a mistake. Everyone is replaceable but this kid contributes in at least 2 or 3 ways.

    Good luck Tate!

  57. deltaoracle says: Mar 12, 2014 4:24 PM

    A Seattle WR goes to Detroit.
    And Viking posters make it into a Green Bay story.
    Their obsession is fascinating.

  58. goldrush36 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:25 PM

    Tate’s best asset was his great ability to adjust….. AFTER Wilson would scramble and buy time and that’s where a lot of his production came from. It’s not a knock on him at all. It’s a good quality to have, but it’s something Lions fans should keep in mind with expectations. Can he be a consistent #2 without the sandlot plays is the question. The top teams in the league are that way for a reason. I can’t think of a FA that has left the Hawks, Niners, Saints, Packers, Patriots, ETC… in the past several years that has gone on to be a great player or even very good player elsewhere. Welker doesn’t count

  59. cashm says: Mar 12, 2014 4:26 PM

    Golden is about to start ripping off 1000+ yard seasons if Detroit stays in pass-happy mode. Although I didn’t watch a lot of game film on Decker last year, I did watch every game that Tate played. Tate is a running back mind stuck in a wide reciever role. He is electric with the ball in his hands. You guys got a great NFL player here. I have no clue why people are saying he’s overrated. If anything I would say he is vastly underrated. If we didn’t run first, then run second, then finally pass a little bit Golden would have been posting 1000+ yard seasons with us:( Good luck Tate!

  60. chawkup says: Mar 12, 2014 4:26 PM

    I’ll miss Golden, but understand that my Hawks can’t retain everyone. $6+ Million per year is too much for us to devote to him. Good luck in Detroit, Golden. Thanks for the Super Bowl!

    Pros: Tough as nails, fearless punt returner, runs like a running back after he has the ball, great locker room guy, good at high pointing the ball, excellent and willing blocker, good hands, very competitive.

    Cons: Struggles to get separation, he’s short for an outside receiver, route running has improved but is still sometimes imprecise, not terribly fast, can disappear if guarded by good CB, not equipped to become a slot receiver.

  61. wisconsinhillfolk says: Mar 12, 2014 4:27 PM

    Excellent! Mayhew is an very good GM.

    Extend the Big Fella!

  62. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2014 4:31 PM

    Great # 3 WR, Decent #2 WR.

    He just better make sure he doesn’t have any boneheaded penalties, the Lions are trying to change that culture.

  63. seaeagle707 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:33 PM

    I don’t think that Baldwin or Kearse, minded seeing Tate, get his big contract out-of-town. It would’ve been either of them with the big receiving numbers if not for Golden. This guy Matthews, that we got from the CFL, who is 6-3, or 6-4, fills the need for a tall receiver.

    I believe that our most pressing needs heading into the draft will be on the lines, after losing Red, McDonald, and possibly Breno.

  64. 12thmanseattle says: Mar 12, 2014 4:35 PM

    Congrats Detroit, you guys got a good one in Tate. He’s a gamer. I really really hope this isn’t a sign that we are going to go after a guy like Steve Smith now though. With only Kearse, Baldwin and Harvin as proven receivers on the roster they’re going to need another guy(not a cfl castoff) and with their needs on the offensive and defensive lines I don’t see us using one of our top 2 picks on a receiver

  65. beerndrums says: Mar 12, 2014 4:36 PM

    That just means two guaranteed wins over the Vikings.

  66. footballace says: Mar 12, 2014 4:40 PM

    7 million dollars a year for an above average #2? I think the Lions over paid for Tate. The Seahawks were smart letting him walk for that type of money.

  67. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:48 PM

    The Seahawks weren’t going to overpay to keep Tate when the draft is LOADED with good receivers to replace him. So to those saying it’s a big blow to the Seahawks, you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

  68. Matt B says: Mar 12, 2014 4:51 PM

    Good for Tate. He’s used to having to jump for balls from RW. Plus now Detroit won’t have to use 1st on a WR.

  69. 88ibis says: Mar 12, 2014 4:59 PM

    Hate to see him go, but not at that price.

  70. MasMacho says: Mar 12, 2014 5:01 PM

    Overpaid. But good luck to GT. Part of me isn’t going to miss the inflammation he caused around the league. Fine player, though.

  71. dukeearl says: Mar 12, 2014 5:33 PM

    They’ll need to get somebody in place before the draft. Just in case they don’t have a particularly good WR available.

    I am hoping that they would be able to get Kelvin Benjamin from Florida St.

  72. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 12, 2014 5:51 PM

    If I am the Lions I almost consider letting Stafford walk. Anyone can put up big numbers with Calvin Johnson at WR. They need a smarter play at QB.

    For the Seahawks, Kearse steps into Tate’s role with Harvin and Baldwin manning the slot. I think all three of those guy’s can play all three WR position’s which is huge.

    Certainly going to miss Tate’s big plays and him coming back and up to go get the ball. Something Crabtree might want to think about adding to his game.

  73. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:42 PM

    He’ll be lining up opposite Calvin Johnson. He’s chomping at the bit, waiting for the double teams and triple teams on CJ. Supposedly Tate is sure handed (Seahawks fans need to verify) and that’s one of the big reasons Detroit signed him. Lions have way too many drops.

    I’m still a Chris Durham fan. He and Stafford have a buddy-buddy thing that sometimes produces nice results on the field. He may not be a starter, but he’ll end up making an impact somehow.

  74. orivar says: Mar 12, 2014 9:45 PM

    Get that money Tate. Pete Carroll and company did a good job picking this guy up and he’ll probably be thankful for that for the rest of his life.

  75. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2014 10:55 PM

    So I guessed they fixed that horrible secondary? They never had a problem putting up points

  76. usdcoyotesfan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:08 PM

    Now Clay Matthews can light him up twice a year.

    After Packers/Seahawks game in 2012:

    Tate: I know I had the ball.
    ESPN reporter: Did you push off?
    Tate: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Go steal some donuts, Golden.

  77. seattlenative57 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:41 PM

    Russell Wilson made Tate with his ability to extend plays. Tate is below average route runner and Stafford does little to extend plays. This is likely a bust for team and player. Tate gets paid, that’s it.

  78. fordisgone says: Mar 13, 2014 3:45 AM

    Golden will excell in Detroit – runs Great not good routes – is tough – hands like Megatron – will learn from from the best receiver of all time – owner Ford recently died – which is the best news EVER for Detroit!!! (Yes – even better then drafting Barry Sanders !) It will take a few years to get defensive backfield in order – but the Lions will soon rule the roost !! Bye Bye Chicago and Green Bay – welcome to Lionsworld without Ford !!!!!!

  79. winninaintsinnin says: Mar 13, 2014 8:56 AM

    To all the Seattle “fans” dissing GT, just shut up.

    A great PU for Detroit. Suddenly the uneducated masses will be telling us how Detroit made GT and how good he became.

    He’ll do very well but we couldn’t pony up $7M+.

    Interesting that the same folks on here who said RW and the offense were horrible and that the D won the SB, now say losing GT means we’re in trouble.

    Not very bright.

  80. redted112a says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    Not sure how Seahawks fans can say we will not miss GT…crazy. Yes a lot of money. But look at how many times he caught critical passes. Look at how many times the guy gets completely leveled and you think there is no way this guy will get up and he jumps to his feet. One of the most dependable and toughest guys on the team. A major loss to the Hawks.

  81. warhammer420 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:41 PM

    In 2013 he had 2% drop rate, and Avg 8 YAC. Exceptional numbers. Was easily the best WR FA this year. Teamed up with Megatron, the league better watch out… they are gonna tear things up.

  82. beedubyatoo says: Mar 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    If he doesn’t already know how to tackle, he better learn. Russell Wilson seldom throws interceptions while Stafford is an interception machine.

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