Lions sign WR Golden Tate to five-year deal

Lions sign WR Golden Tate to five-year deal
March 12, 2014, 3:30 pm
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CSN Staff

The wide receiver talent pool in the NFC North just got a little deeper.

The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday afternoon that they had come to terms on a five-year deal with Golden Tate, giving them a threat opposite All-Pro Calvin Johnson and another weapon for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The deal reportedly will be worth $31 million, with $13.25 million of that being guaranteed. The 25-year-old Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks last season, acting as Russell Wilson's main target while Percy Harvin was sidelined with various injuries. Tate caught three passes for 17 yards in the Seahawks' 43-8 pummeling of the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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He'll fit in well for a Lions offense that ranked third in passing offense a year ago. Much of that was due to Johnson's 1,492 yards, as the Lions' second and third leading receivers were running backs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush, respectively.

Tate was drafted No. 60 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft after three successful seasons at Notre Dame. His biggest issue in the Motor City may be which jersey number to switch to, as Megatron currently wears No. 81 and will until the day he retires.