The Detroit Lions didn’t waste any time in addressing the need to add a No. 2 wide receiver this offseason. It was announced Wednesday that Golden Tate has agreed to a five-year, $31 million contract with $13.25 million guaranteed.
“Wow I’m officially a Detroit Lion,” Tate said on his twitter page. “Extremely excited about the opportunity to grow with this organization.”
The recent upgrade for the Lions is the team’s second wide receiver signing, as they have already brought back Kevin Ogletree for the 2014 season. Both players will now join fellow wide receivers Kris Durham, Jeremy Ross and All-Pro Calvin Johnson.
A second round draft pick in 2010, Tate spent the last four seasons with the reigning Super Bowl champion, Seattle Seahawks. He is coming off of a 898 receiving yard season in 2013, recording five touchdowns on 64 receptions.
Entering the prime of his career, Tate was regarded as one of the top wide receivers heading into the free agency period. His ability to fight for extra yards, as well as catching the ball gives the Lions another formidable weapon on offense.
When asked by reporters about the addition of Tate, runningback Joique Bell exclaimed that the former Notre Dame standout will be a great addition to the offense.
“Definitely would be a valuable piece to this already deadly offense,” Bell said.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are planning on adding two receivers this offseason, either through the draft or free agency to boost their talent at the position even more. There’s a strong possibility that the team uses their No. 10 pick on another playmaker on offense as either Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans could be available when the Lions are on the clock.