Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates after beating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Tate signs 5-year deal with Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have been hosting Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate on a free agent visit, and the visit has went on for so long that you had to think the Lions would be able to get something done with the top free agent available on the open market. Lions official site beat writer Tim Twentyman reports that something big has indeed went down, as the Lions have signed Tate to a five-year deal that’s probably worth a significant amount of money. Hey, who said a lack of an extension for Ndamukong Suh would prevent the Lions from making a big free agent signing?

Anyway, as I’ve said all along, Tate looks like a perfect fit for the Lions on paper, and I can’t think of a better complement for Calvin Johnson that they could have feasibly added. Tate has plenty of Steve Smith in his game with his speed, agility, toughness, and leaping ability. He plays much bigger and tougher than his size, and that allows him to high point the ball and make difficult catches in tight spaces. Tate can succeed in any zone of the field (inside, outside, short, deep, or intermediate), and there aren’t many players who can force as many missed tackles as he can at the wide receiver position. Although Percy Harvin overshadows his playmaking ability, Tate certainly knows how to generate big-time YAC.

Tate’s signing with the Detroit Lions is a big blow to the Seattle Seahawks, and it’s a massive gain for Martin Mayhew, Johnson, and Matthew Stafford. Both Stafford and Johnson will have plenty of pressure alleviated by Tate, who is a dependable route-runner and knows how to get open with ease. I could gush over this signing all day long, and the Lions did an excellent job of filling a massive position of need.

Update: The deal has not been finalized yet, per multiple reports, and there’s conflicting news out there on this deal. But my guess is that Tate will ultimately end up signing with the Lions.

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  • lolona

    “Big blow to the Seattle Seahawks”? Not so much. There’s a reason Schneider didn’t get Tate signed before the free agency period started.
    “Angry” Doug Baldwin > Tate

    • Joe Soriano

      Baldwin is very good and is an underrated player who is smart and ridiculously efficient, but I think you are underrating just how good Tate is. Of course, the Seahawks run-heavy offense ensures that while Tate’s departure will hurt, it’s not a truly crushing blow. Still, I think he’s going to be amazing in Detroit, and I think you guys will miss him. But not too much, because the Seahawks are so good that it’s tough to miss somebody the way the Raiders will miss Jared Veldheer.

      • lolona

        Agreed that Tate is a great fit for Detroit. The Lions already have a clear #1 receiver and Tate can be a reliable, hardworking possession-type receiver underneath to compliment Megatron. If Tate were a #1 type receiver, his loss would absolutely be a “big blow” to the Seahawks. That fact is, however, that he’s not a true #1. Although hardworking and willing to take (and initiate) contact, Tate is also undersized and slow. Basically, he’s Doug Baldwin without the ability to make circus catches on the sideline while tapping a toe inbounds.
        I will say that Tate does have great anticipation in timing catches on deep throws – an attribute that will be missed.