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March 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Golden Tate on KJR: “I tried my best to come back”

Former Seahawks receiver Golden Tate spoke with Dave ‘Softy’ Mahler on KJR on Wednesday and had some interesting things to say. Tate signed a five-year deal with Detroit earlier in the day. He said he tried to make it work in Seattle, but the Seahawks and Tate couldn’t make it work financially.

“It was true what Pete and Schneider said: I was a priority to come back to Seattle, and I really tried my best to come back. I tried to find every excuse to justify coming back. But at the end of the day it just didn’t make sense for me or my family. I didn’t feel like I was going to get what I was worthy, despite the market, despite the draft class. I thought I had a great opportunity in Detroit. I see a lot of similarities as far as the passion they have as a fan base. They’re ready for something to root for.”

Bottom line: More money? “Yeah. At the end of the day, that is what it is. And this is even with the discount in my eyes. I honestly felt like I did everything I could these last two years to earn my keep in Seattle. I felt like I stayed healthy for two complete seasons being a returner and a physical receiver. I showed up to meetings on time every day. I was positive in the locker room…I’m durable. I’m reliable. I felt like every single year I was getting better despite the looks that I was going, despite the limited balls I was getting. I felt like I earned my keep there, and I felt like they didn’t reward me enough. Let’s not get it wrong: I have so much respect for the Seattle organization, the city of Seattle. I love it. I’ll always root for Seattle no matter what unless they’re playing us. But I didn’t feel like I was going to be taken care of. If you just look back at the things that have happened the last few years. They signed Chris Clemons two or three years ago and released him this week. They signed Red Bryant two or three years ago and released him this week. They released some guys who still had a year or two in their contract to make space for me or whoever. I just felt like, I didn’t want that to happen to me.”

“I feel like I was giving them an opportunity to give me a little less. I had a number in my mind. I knew what I thought I was worth. I honestly thought they would take care of me no problems and want to do it and want me to be there for a long time, especially the way I conducted myself in the locker room and in the community. But it didn’t work out. That’s something I guess we’ll never know. I don’t know what the numbers were for them. I’m sure they have other guys to take care of.”

Tate said San Francisco may have showed some interest: “I definitely couldn’t do that to Seattle. But I definitely couldn’t do that to Seattle. That would just be upright disrespectful to go there after the Seahawks.”

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