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Monday, March 3, 2014
Free-agent profile: WR Golden Tate

By Rich Cimini

From now until March 11, the start of the league year, we'll profile potential free agents that figure to be on the New York Jets' radar:

Player: Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

Position: Wide receiver

2013 stats: 64 receptions, 898 yards, 14.0 average and five touchdowns. Also returned 51 punts for 585 yards, an 11.5 average. Played in 762 of the offensive snaps (75.3 percent).

2013 salary: $630,000.

Sign him up: There's a glaring need at the position and general manager John Idzik has intimate knowledge of Tate from his days as a Seattle executive. Tate, who turns 26 in August, is entering the prime of his career. His receiving stats don't jump off the page because he has played in a run-heavy offense, but they've improved each year. He led the league in yards after catch per reception (7.75), according to ESPN Stats -- a dimension missing from the Jets' offense. He's not afraid to block and he's good in the locker room. They need leadership in the wide receiver room.

Reasons to stay away: If Riley Cooper can land a $5 million-a-year deal from the Philadelphia Eagles, it means Tate will be looking for a deal significantly north of that figure. Anything more than $6 million a year would be a lot for a No. 2 receiver.