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.

82 responses to “Lions strike five-year deal with Golden Tate

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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 !!!!!!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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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