Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates as he leaps into the end zone against Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach (82) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Tate Officially A Member of the Detroit Lions

After a bit of a mix up regarding whether the Detroit Lions had completed or were just close to completing a deal with Golden Tate, the deal is officially done. Tate has even tweeted about it already:

Per ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the five-year deal totals $31 million with $13.25 million of that total guaranteed.

Those numbers come in a bit lower than former agent Joel Corry predicted in a recent article for CBSSports.com. There he predicted Tate would receive a five-year deal worth $35 Million and $17.5 million in guaranteed money.

It is likely the contract is structured so that the cap hit is lower for 2014 before rising in future years. This is the strategy the Lions used to make a splash in free agency last year despite limited cap space.

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