The Detroit Lions are on the verge of a major move in free agency by agreeing to a deal with wide receiver Golden Tate. DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman broke the news on twitter:
WR Golden Tate and the #Lions are in the process of finalizing the 5-year deal right now
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 12, 2014
Tate comes to Detroit fresh off a Super Bowl championship as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. His catch and receiving yards numbers have increased in each of his four seasons in the league and it is a good bet that trend will continue moving from the Seahawks’ run-first offense.
He may not be the big body many thought the Lions would pair with Calvin Johnson but Tate is versatile enough to line up inside or out and brings athleticism and a solid pair of hands to improve the Lions’ receiving corps.
The Seahawks drafted Tate in the second round (60th overall) in 2010, 30 picks after the Lions took Jahvid Best and six picks before the Lions took Amari Spievey.
The signing of Tate doesn’t mean the Lions won’t draft a wide receiver in May. Fans should definitely expect they will at some point. But in signing Tate, the Lions don’t have to settle for an over-the-hill vet or an unproven rookie – they get a young receiver just entering the prime of his career.