Golden Tate Says Seahawks Contract Offer Was Laughable
Former Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate told 710 ESPN Seattle that not only was he upset with how fans treated him after he signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent, but also about the “laughable” contract offer he received from the Seahawks.
“I’m just appalled at the attitude I’ve received on Twitter from people I thought were Golden Tate fans,” Tate said via ESPN.com.“People are starting to show their true colors. I think the world of the 12s [Seahawks fans], but there is a large group who very quickly turned on me. It kind of bothered me because I felt like I gave everything I possibly could to the city of Seattle.
“I was out in the community and I played my tail off every game. And I helped bring the first ever Super Bowl [championship] to Seattle. I don’t care who you are. If you have an opportunity to earn way more money in another city, you’ll leave in a second. Every single person in the world would have done what I did.”
Tate said the Seahawks offer was “laughable.”
“I didn’t mean a 40 percent discount,” Tate said. “I’m going to earn in one year at Detroit what Seattle was going to pay me for two years. Seattle offered numbers that were laughable. I thought, ‘I’ve given you everything and this is what you give me?’
“Considering I was there for four years, and started two of those years. I missed one game in those two years. I did everything right and wasn’t a trouble maker. And what they offered, I was like, ‘Is this serious?’ The numbers [the Seahawks] shot at me were not first-priority, like they said they wanted to do for me to stay in Seattle.”