If you have been reading my Seattle Seahawks pieces over the last couple seasons, you may remember me doing a few player profiles like “Punting Canadian” in the past. My editor has asked me to start writing these weekly, as time permits.
I was going to start last week by writing one about Steven Hauschka after his attempted tackle, but time definitely did not permit.
Last week, I was unsure whom I was going to write about, but this week, not so much.
I am sitting in chemo with my mother as I am writing this, so I decided to ask her to name a player. First she said Russell Wilson – probably her favorite player ever. Then, after I asked her to name someone less obvious, she said Marshawn Lynch.
It is true that Marshawn does not have an “Ask the Beast” app, but he is still written about far more often than I was looking for. After asking her one more time she mentioned Golden Tate, and so he shall be the topic of my first player profile of the season.
Name: Golden Tate
Position: Wide Receiver
Acquired: 2nd Round (60) 2010 NFL Draft
Contract: Final year of his rookie deal, $880,000 after signing bonus
After the season, the Seahawks will be faced with a big decision regarding the young receiver. Do they keep Golden Tate and pay him somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 million per season (think Danny Amendola’s 5-year, $31 million with $10 million guaranteed as a starting point), or let him walk into the free-agent market?
With the addition of Percy Harvin, I feel like Tate is a luxury — one I am not sure the Seahawks can afford.
The Seattle Seahawks have a decision to make on Golden Tate. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)
I think if you asked Golden, he would choose to stay with Seattle, and if you asked the Seahawks, they would like to keep him. At the end of the day, it is going to boil down to money. Next season, Percy Harvin’s cap hit balloons to $13.4 million ($4.9 this season). I expect the team to get a lot of the money to make up the difference by releasing Sidney Rice. That still leaves the team needing to find a creative way to fit a new contract for Tate under the cap.
The salary cap is an area where the Seahawks are going to miss John Idzik. Idzik is very creative with the way he handles the salary cap, but he departed during the offseason when he was hired to be the general manager of the Jets.
This season, Tate is on pace to set career bests in receptions, yardage as well as first downs. However, he has only found the end zone once. As a matter of fact, his 27 receptions with only one touchdown is by far the worst receptions-per-touchdown ratio since his rookie season when he only caught 21 balls.
It will be interesting to see how Darrell Bevell uses him and Percy together to attack an opposing defense. The answer to whether or not the Seahawks are able to find the room under the cap for Golden’s new contract will be somewhere in the result.
Once in a while the NFL has a good story. A player who comes into the league a bit immature, but will ultimately grow up before your eyes.
Tate has really matured and become a fine young football player. He is now even willing to wait until the doughnut shop opens before grabbing a maple bar.
Like a fine wine, Golden Tate has only gotten better with age.
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