Shortly after signing with the Detroit Lions today, now former Seahawk receiver Golden Tate met the media there to discuss his reasoning for changing teams.
Money, surely, was a factor as the five-year, $31 million deal he received is thought to be above the $5 million a year the Seahawks were likely to have offered.
Tate, though, indicated that money wasn’t the sole factor, saying a chance to play a key role in an offense that will throw the ball a lot more was also enticing, as detailed in the Tweet below:
Tate said he's excited to be in a pass-first offense "especially coming from a run heavy offense that all the notoriety went to the defense"
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 12, 2014
Tate confirmed that he had other visits lined up, to the Jets — a team many had regarded as the favorites to land Tate — and, you guessed it, Jacksonville, where former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is now the head coach.
But Detroit was obviously aggressive in its pursuit of Tate and in not letting him leave without signing a contract.
Seattle will host Detroit in 2015, so Tate won’t have to wait all that long to get another feel of the CenturyLink Field experience, only this time on the other side.