Some pretty strong comments from former Seahawks receiver Golden Tate during an interview today with 710ESPN Seattle today, which is the flagship station for the Seahawks.
You can listen to it here as Tate talked about why he took an offer from the Detroit Lions and the reaction he has received from Seahawks fans since he left.
Tate called the offer he received from Seattle “laughable” and said he will earn in one year from Detroit what he would have earned in two years from the Seahawks.
“It was laughable considering that I was there four years, a starter two of those years,” he said. “I missed one game in my two years, including the playoffs (I was) in the community, did everything right, was not a troublemaker. Everyone loved me in the locker room. I did everything right, and the offer that they offered it was like ‘is this serious?’ But the organization is offering guys from other places two times, almost three times, what they offered me and I was kind of like ‘are you serious? I have given everything and this is what you give me?”’
Tate referenced the fact that he had said he would give Seattle a discount to stay. But he said he didn’t mean a “40 percent to 50 percent” discount.
Tate also talked about the reaction he has received on social media and said “I’m just appalled at the attitude I have received on Twitter from people I thought were Golden Tate fans and thought highly of the Seahawks.”
He added that the reaction has been “really interesting I’m really surprise. Honestly, I think the world of the 12s and I always will. But there is a large group of 12s who have quickly, very, very quickly turned on me. And it’s kind of bothered me because I honestly feel like I did give everything I possibly could to the city of Seattle. …
“Now I think people took that discount to like a 40 percent discount. Let’s be real people — I don’t care who you are, if you have an opportunity to earn way more money in another state or another business, 100 percent, I think every last people, would leave, especially if they are setting up the rest of their family for the rest of their lives.”
He said he was looking for a contract from the Seahawks that would indicate he was a first priority for the team but said “the numbers they promised me were not first priority sort of numbers.”
He said before the Lions gave him an offer, the Seahawks gave him an offer that he said was “take it or leave it” that he didn’t consider competitive and that Detroit then gave an offer that was “way more. … there was no reason for me to accept Seattle’s offer.”
He also reiterated what he has said elsewhere, that he was enticed by going to a team that throws more than the Seahawks and is not a run-first team, and also the chance to play alongside Calvin Johnson, which will allow him to not have to against the opponent’s top cornerback each game.