Fresh off a blowout win against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl last Sunday, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate said Tuesday that as he looks ahead to next season, he would much prefer to stay in Seattle for less money than "break the bank somewhere" and potentially play for another team in a "crappy city where the fans don't give a crap about the team."
Speaking during an interview with Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, the 25-year-old admitted that he shouldn't be commenting right now on free agency, but he gave some insight into his logic as he thinks about his playing career. Via ESPN.com:
"I probably shouldn't even say this right now, but I'm going to say it anyway just because I love Seattle. Honestly, I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ballgames than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don't give a crap about the team, you win a game once a month -- something like that.
"I would much rather stay in the situation that I have now for a little less than to go and try to break the bank somewhere else."
He did back off those comments a bit, however, admitting in the interview that he doesn't want to be "disrespected" and is looking to secure a deal that will allow him to "take care of myself and my family for the rest of my life at the same time."
The Super Bowl champion, taken in the second round by the Seahawks in the 2010 draft, signed a four-year deal, $3.26 million deal as a rookie. He caught 64 passes for 898 yards this past season -- team highs -- and also finished with five touchdowns on the year. He also averaged 11.5 yards per return as Seattle's punt returner. SI WIRE: Richie Incognito suspension lifted, tweets Jonathan Martin support