Seahawks receiver Golden Tate didn’t back down from his comments Tuesday on KJR about taking less money to stay in Seattle. Tate reiterated that he’d be willing to give a hometown discount — to an extent.
Tate is an unrestricted free agent after leading Seattle in receiving. He made $630,000 this season and is due a significant raise.
“I’ve still got to take care of myself and my family,” Tate said after Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade. “I kind of have a number in mind. I haven’t talked to my agent yet. I’ve been trying to enjoy the Super Bowl for now and then take that next step in the next week or two once things settle down.
“In my eyes I’d rather stay and play in a great organization in a great city around great people around great teammates for a
little less than go to a crappy city and win a ballgame every now and then and be miserable for six months and have a fan base who doesn’t care about the sport. You’ve got to give a little to take a little. We’ll see how it works out. Hopefully it works out.
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“I think I’ve done everything in my power to earn the respect and trust of this organization. They know what they’re going to get from me. They know I’m going to work hard. The last two seasons that I’ve started I’ve missed a total of one game, so I think I’m reliable. I know the system. I know what coach Carroll wants.”
Tate is one of many decisions the Seahawks will face in the coming months. Another one involves defensive lineman Michael Bennett. Bennett signed a one-year deal for about $5 million before the season and is now an unrestricted free agent. He provided the Seahawks with versatility — he could play any position along the line — and was also Seattle’s most productive defensive lineman.
Re-signing Bennett is thought to be one of Seattle’s biggest offseason priorities, but he should command heavy interest from other teams after leading the Seahawks in sacks.
“I want to be back here, 100 percent,” Bennett said. “I love the team, I love my teammates. Pete does a great job of letting us play. I want to be a part of that. I know we can go back and win a Super Bowl again with all these guys. It’s a business, but I definitely want to be back.”
Bennett said he turned down more money and multiyear offers to sign with the Seahawks for one season. But he also said, “Any player in any sport wants a multiyear deal.”
Bennett’s younger brother, Martellus, is a tight end with the Chicago Bears and has said that he would like Michael to play with him. Bennett said that wouldn’t matter much in his decision.
“I know he wants me to come out there and get a chance to play with him,” Bennett said. “But I’m definitely a Seahawk, and I definitely want to be here for the rest of my career.”
Kicker Steven Hauschka, cornerback Walter Thurmond, offensive tackle Breno Giacomini and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel are also unrestricted free agents. And the Seahawks could lock up cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas to longterm deals this offseason. Both are under contract through the 2014 season.
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