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.”