It’s hard to remember a time when the Seattle Seahawks had a legitimate #1 wide receiver on the roster. Even now, a season in which the franchise is considered Super Bowl favorites by most and are coming off their best regular season showing, a 13-3 record matched only one other time – the Seahawks lack the Calvin Johnson type threat in the passing game.
What the Seahawks do have, is Golden Tate. The former Notre Dame star stands out because of his highlight reel moves and the showboating that usually follows. His physical nature is rare, especially for a receiver under 6 feet. That’s why Seahawks fans have grown to love him. He just fits the personality that this team has developed.
In a recent interview that Tate held on 710 ESPN in Seattle, he expressed a desire to stay with the team that drafted him.
“I think the trust in this organization with me is very strong, so I appreciate that, and I definitely want to be here,” Tate said. “I really enjoy everything about this city, all the way from the coaching staff and the guys I work with all the way down to just being in the community, the food. The fan base is awesome and I tell you guys that every week. There’s nothing bad about this city. I really enjoy being here and I hope to be here for a bit longer.”
ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton had this to say.
“He’s kind of the main guy now. I think that you’ve gotta try to re-sign him because he’s part of the core group of the team. He fits the personality of this team,” Clayton said. “He’s aggressive, he’s tough, he’s a Hines Ward type of guy, and I think he’s the guy that I think Pete Carroll would like to have on his team for his entire career. … He may not be a No. 1 guy but I think he’s clearly an established No. 2 receiver in the big picture.”
If he pushes for more than $6 million, I think it’s gonna be tough. If he comes in under six I think he’s gonna be fine,” Clayton said. “Somewhere between $4 and $6 million a year (is expected). That cost is gonna cost them Sidney Rice, but they’ve gotta try to manage it.”
With 2013 being the best year in Tate’s career, it’s likely the Seahawks have a strong interest in keeping their explosive receiver and punt returner as well.