Free-agent profile: WR Golden Tate

March, 3, 2014
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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:

Tate
Tate
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.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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