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Golden Tate | Wide Receiver

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 202
College: Notre Dame
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Golden Tate compared his role in the Lions offense to the one Lance Moore had with the Saints.
Per the Lions' official site, new OC Joe Lombardi has brought over a lot of concepts he learned while in New Orleans for the previous seven seasons. Between 2008-12, Moore's per-game averages were 4.05 catches for 51.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He had one 1,000-yard season, one 10-touchdown season and went over 60 catches three times during that span. Tate is capable of far greater things as he'll rotate less, is more athletic, more explosive, has better hands and will be in space more while playing off Calvin Johnson. Apr 16 - 8:36 AM

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New Lions WR Golden Tate says the Seahawks' offer to re-sign him was "laughable."

Tate says the Seahawks weren't willing to make more than a take-it-or-leave-it offer, and that he'll make more in Detroit this season than he would have the next two years in Seattle. Tate had claimed he was open to giving the Seahawks a hometown discount, but the sides were clearly never on the same page.
Mar 18 - 7:07 PM

Golden Tate wants to compete for the punt returning duties in Detroit.

Incumbent Jeremy Ross surprised as a returner last season, but Tate is one of the best punt returners in the league. With Tate expected to have a big role in the offense, it might be smarter to save his legs and let Ross handle the job. Either way, the Lions should have a dynamic special teams unit in 2014.
Source: MLive.com
Mar 15 - 12:22 PM

Golden Tate anticipates "moving around a lot more" in Detroit after playing X-Iso receiver in Seattle.

Though it obviously worked for the Super Bowl champs, it was frustrating at times to watch Tate's run-after-catch skills go to waste as a perimeter-only wideout in Seattle. He should play far more slot receiver in Detroit, running higher-percentage routes. Some great stats on Tate per PFF's Pete Damilatis: Tate has dropped just five of his 149 catchable targets over the last three seasons, the lowest "drop rate" of any NFL wide receiver. Tate's 50 "missed tackles" forced the past three years are nine more than any wideout in football.
Mar 12 - 10:43 PM

Lions agreed to terms with WR Golden Tate, formerly of the Seahawks, on a five-year, $31 million contract.

The deal includes $13.25 million guaranteed. The Lions' quixotic quest to find a viable starter opposite Calvin Johnson ends. Tate was Rotoworld's No. 4 remaining receiver. Coming off a career year where he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five scores, Tate's numbers have been suppressed by the Seahawks' run-heavy offense, but that won't be an issue in Detroit. A dynamo with the ball in his hands, Tate is most effective after the catch. Even with passing-mad OC Scott Linehan gone from the Motor City, the Lions will be throwing all day, every day in 2014. Tate should be a shoo-in for his first career 1,000-yard season.
Mar 12 - 3:35 PM

Free agent Golden Tate will visit the Lions Tuesday night.

The Lions haven't been shy about exposing their interest in getting Calvin Johnson some help. Tate is a very interesting name because he has plus athleticism, can win at the catch point and helps in the return game. He'd be a major fantasy asset against the single coverage he'd see in Detroit.
Mar 11 - 6:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is "hearing" the Lions have interest in free agent Golden Tate.

Tate's market has been surprisingly quiet, just like the rest of the offensive skill-position free agents. We'd expect things to start heating up once the free agency gates open at 4 PM ET. The Lions are in need of a No. 2 receiver and have already dropped out of the James Jones running. Tate is far superior to Jones.
Mar 11 - 3:36 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Seahawks may still re-sign free agent Golden Tate.

The sides have had mutual interest in a new deal all offseason, but made little progress in talks. With the Seahawks getting close to re-signing DE Michael Bennett, however, they appear ready to turn their attention to Tate. Tate has said he'd be "very willing" to accept a hometown discount, but with free agency now only a day away, that claim will be put to the test.
Mar 10 - 1:02 PM

Free agent Golden Tate said he hasn't heard too much from the Seahawks.

The Seahawks top priority is re-signing DE Michael Bennett, so Tate is going to have to wait in line. But if he walks, they'll be left with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse as their top-three wideouts. Tate has been adamant about his desire to stay in Seattle, even saying he'd be "very willing" to take a hometown discount. He'd be insane to take anything less than the five-year, $25 million deal Riley Cooper squeezed out of the Eagles.
Mar 5 - 8:19 AM

Free agent Golden Tate hopes to have a contract offer from the Seahawks ahead of March 11.

Tate has expressed a strong desire to re-sign with the Seahawks and even said he'd be "very willing" to take a hometown discount. GM John Schneider has called re-signing Tate a "big priority." With Sidney Rice gone, losing Tate would be a hit to Seattle's receiver depth chart. He could command $5-7 million annually on a new deal.
Feb 28 - 10:04 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider calls re-signing free agent Golden Tate a "big priority."

"Golden knows where we stand how much we love and how much we want him on this team," Schneider said. His comments come two weeks after Tate said he'd be "very willing" to take a hometown discount with the team that made him the No. 60 overall pick of the 2010 draft. Tate is Rotoworld's No. 5 free-agent receiver. He's not someone the Seahawks should break the bank to keep, but they'd have serious depth issues at wideout if he walks.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 11:29 PM

Free agent Golden Tate told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle that he's "very willing" to take a hometown discount with the Seahawks.

"I probably shouldn’t even say this right now but I’m going to say it anyway just because I love Seattle, honestly," said Tate. "I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ballgames than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don’t give a crap about the team." Tate would need to take a hometown discount for the Seahawks to afford him. Just how much of a discount he's willing to take will determine whether he stays put.
Feb 4 - 11:42 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live Monday that free agent Golden Tate is "probably gonna be expendable" for the Seahawks.

Tate didn't quite make the leap the Seahawks anticipated in 2013, finishing with a 64-898-5 stat line while generally looking stretched as a No. 1 receiver. He'd be much better suited in a playmaking No. 2 role, ideally on a more wideout-friendly team with more passing volume. Tate is only 25 years old. His fantasy stock would rise in a location like Detroit, which needs a No. 2 wide receiver.
Feb 3 - 4:19 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-4 targets for 17 yards in Super Bowl 48.

Tate's first reception went for nine yards and a first down on a comeback route versus Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie midway through the first quarter. His biggest impact was drawing a pass interference call on Broncos CB Tony Carter in the end zone to set up Marshawn Lynch's goal-line plunge. It put Seattle up 15-0. Tate turns 26 before next season and is entering free agency. The Seahawks would likely prefer to retain him, but only at the right price. Tate's fantasy outlook would be more attractive outside of Seattle's run-first attack.
Feb 2 - 10:45 PM

Golden Tate caught four passes for 31 yards in Seattle's NFC Championship Game win over the 49ers.

Tate has now been held to five catches for 44 yards in two postseason games. Even if Percy Harvin (concussion) is ready to return for Super Bowl XLVIII, Tate is going to have to make a bigger impact if Seattle is to have enough offense to beat Denver.
Jan 19 - 11:12 PM

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QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4Mikel Leshoure
5Steven Miller
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Pat Edwards
4Jeremy Ross
WR21Golden Tate
2Kris Durham
3Ryan Broyles
4Corey Fuller
5Cody Wilson
WR31Kris Durham
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Joseph Fauria
3Michael Williams
4Dorin Dickerson
5Matt Veldman
K1Giorgio Tavecchio
2John Potter