Lions agree to terms on five-year deal with WR Golden Tate
The Detroit Lions were in need of a No. 2 receiver going into free agency and they found one on Wednesday in former Seahawks receiver Golden Tate.
The Detroit Lions have officially locked up a No. 2 wide receiver for the next half decade. Former Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate has agreed to terms on a deal with Detroit, the team announced on Wednesday. Tate confirmed the news on his official Twitter page.
Wow I'm officially a Detroit #Lion. Extremely excited about the opportunity to grow with this organization.— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) March 12, 2014
The five-year contract is worth $31 million overall and includes $13.25 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.com.
With Tate, the Lions will get a much needed No. 2 receiver to take some pressure off of Calvin Johnson. Megatron led the Lions with 1,492 receiving yards in 2013, but he was the only Detroit wide receiver who went over 500 yards last year.
The only other two players to go over the 500-yard receiving mark in Detroit last season were running backs Joique Bell (547) and Reggie Bush (506).
Nate Burleson filled the role of No. 2 wide receiver during his first two seasons with the team (2010-11), but over the past two years, Burleson has had trouble staying healthy. Burleson had only played in 15 out of 32 games since 2012 and the Lions released him in February.
Staying healthy hasn't been a problem for Tate. The 25-year-old has played in 47 of the Seahawks past 48 regular season games dating back to 2011.
Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for Seattle in 2013, leading the Seahawks in both receptions and receiving yards. The five touchdown catches were tied Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller for the most on the team.
The former second-round draft pick can also do some damage on special teams. Tate was the NFL's second-leading punt returner in 2013 with 585 yards, a number that trailed only Dexter McCluster. As a team, the Lions only had 392 punt return yards last season.
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