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Signing Golden Tate resolves one Detroit Lions fantasy football issue

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The Detroit Lions resolved the question of "Who will the No. 2 wide receiver in 2014?" by signing wide receiver Golden Tate to a five-year, $31-million contract Wednesday.

The deal pretty much stalls any efforts to secure other highly valued free agents until Lions management sits down and secures a contract extenson with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and his new agent Jimmy Sexton.

Tate was a major contributor to the NFL champion Seattle Seahawks' offense last season. With starters Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice out due to injuries, Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns. He is expected to be the dependable No. 2 starter at wide receiver that gives quarterback Matthew Stafford a productive alternative when All-Pro Calvin Johnson is covered by two, three or four defenders.

Lions fans and fantasy football enthusiasts will appreciate the fact that Tate has gotten progressively better during his first four years in the NFL. He has averaged 15 games per season and 14 yards per catch. Tate can catch the intermediate short passes and catch the deep route pass.

U-M and MSU fans remember him, because Tate played college football at archrival Notre Dame. The former Fighting Irish player indicated that he is looking forward to returning to the Midwest and learning how to hone his wide receiving skills with the help of Calvin Johnson.


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