Wide receiver Golden Tate helped the Seahawks capture their first Super Bowl championship but there’s no guarantee that he’ll be back for the encore attempt this fall as he is an unrestricted free agent. Seattle will face a bit of a numbers crunch this offseason, but Tate told Ian Furness and Jason Puckett of Sports Radio 950 KJR that he’s willing to take a little bit less to make it all work.
“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 ball games 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 of 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,” Tate said (transcript from Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree).
With limited breathing room, the Seahawks will try to retain Tate and Michael Bennett while also working on extensions for Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Tate says that he doesn’t want to be “disrespected” by the terms of his next deal, but he is willing to take less than another team might give him on the open market.