Golden Tate signs with Detroit Lions

Wednesday March 12th, 2014

Golden Tate signs with Detroit LionsGolden Tate (top) will join with Calvin Johnson in a fearsome Lions' passing attack. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate and the Detroit Lions agreed on a reported five-year, $31 million deal (with $13.25 million guaranteed) Wednesday.

Tate, 25, had 65 receptions for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Seahawks in 2013. He has produced 165 catches for 2,195 yards and 15 TDs in four seasons in Seattle.

The Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's best receiver was selected by the Seahawks in the second round (No. 60 overall) of the 2010 NFL draft out of Notre Dame. Tate also excels as a punt returner, averaging 11.5 yards per return in 2013.

Tate joins Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford in a passing attack that ranked third in the NFL in passing yards last season. As a point of reference, Seattle ranked 31st in the league in passing attempts in 2013; Detroit ranked fifth.

Grade: B+. -- Doug Farrar
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