Golden Tate to Lions rumors have become fact. Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate goes to the Detroit Lions on a five-year contract worth $31 million. According to a report from CBS Sports on Wednesday (March 12), he will receive $13.25 million in guaranteed money though this new deal. It will also make him the No. 2 receiver on a team that already has Calvin Johnson as the No. 1 option. It is likely that it could lead to an increase in his overall production numbers during the 2014 NFL season.
Taking to Twitter to announce what had just taken place, Tate stated, "Wow I'm officially a Detroit #Lion. Extremely excited about the opportunity to grow with this organization." This may come as shocking news to many fans of the Seahawks, especially after the team just won the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos. It had seemed like the team was maneuvering its cap space to extend a new contract to the receiver, but apparently it didn't come in time.
During the 2013 NFL season, Golden Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns. He ended up leading the Seattle Seahawks in both receptions and receiving yards, while tying Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller for most touchdown receptions. It is a given that he was a very important component to the offense and the front office in Seattle is going to have to find a receiver to help take over that production. As for the Detroit Lions, they have another weapon to give quarterback Matthew Stafford on offense.