Patriots, Steelers Interested in Golden Tate

The Steelers and Patriots are both looking for receivers, and they might have their sights set on the same big name. Pittsburgh and New England both have interest in free agent Golden Tate, as reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Steelers were reportedly in on Tyrell Williams before he signed with the Raiders, and recently added Donte Moncrief while re-signing Eli Rogers. The Patriots are also sniffing around the available wideouts, bringing in Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris for visits. The Steelers, of course, are looking to replace Antonio Brown while New England faces some uncertainty with their pass-catchers as well.

It’s anyone’s guess if Josh Gordon will be able to play next season, and Rob Gronkowski‘s status is still very much up in the air. Tate split his time between Detroit and Philadelphia last year after a trade deadline deal sent him from the Lions to the Eagles. He didn’t have a terrible season by any means, but he didn’t fit in quite as well as the Eagles had hoped after he joined the team.

In total, he caught 74 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns. It was the first time he failed to crack 800 yards since the 2012 season, his first year as a starter. The ex-Seahawk is still only 30, and is one of the biggest names still on the market. The fact that he’s available after the first wave of free agency could suggest he isn’t getting the type of offers that he wants.

The Lions traded him because they didn’t want to pay him, and he’s surely seeking a massive pay day. A 1,000 yard receiver as recently as 2017, Tate would be a big addition for either team. He wouldn’t quite replace Brown, but he’d form an enviable one/two duo with JuJu Smith-Schuster in Pittsburgh.

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    • madmanTX

      Maybe he’d like to win a Super Bowl that doesn’t have an asterisk for cheating next to it?

      • Macbeth

        Ben Roethlisberger gone? If not then they didn’t. Mike Tomlin still letting whoever do whatever they want? If not then another one will pop up in a year or so.

        • 2012orioles

          He’s not a distraction. That is such a media driven statement. Everyone brings up the whole retirement thing. Do you think players are sitting around thinking “gee remember when he mentioned retiring last summer”. I don’t think so

  1. sportsfan101

    Sadly in the end most nfl players go for the money then complain after they retire they never won a ring, it boggles my mind

    • keyser_soze

      That’s interesting. I’ve yet to hear an NFL/MLB/NBA complain about never winning a ring. Guess we follow different outlets.

      • medic87

        really? never heard charles barkley, dan marino among a lot of others talk about never getting that ring?

        • steelerbravenation

          How did Marino chase the money he stayed with the same team his whole career
          Barkley actually chased a ring when him Scottie, Dream & Clyde all teamed up in Houston

  2. cspera77

    Steelers are still a model franchise and one of the elite in the NFL. The dysfunction was too greedy idiots who were more about themselves than the team.

  3. stimpyi

    A model franchise? Maybe in disfunction. And it wasn’t 2 guys. You forgot about Ben shooting his mouth off on the radio and Tomlin letting it all happen. He did nothing to stop it. They may have been a model franchise in the past and may be in the future but they are far from it right now.

  4. connfyoozed

    If there is any sort of bidding war, Tate is not going to the Steelers. I’d love to see him there but they will not break the bank to outbid other teams. Heck, I’m still shocked they signed Steven Nelson and Donte Moncrief already.

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