Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Golden Tate to visit the Lions
By Terry Blount
Seattle Seahawks free agent receiver Golden Tate is about to find out how much other teams want him, and if they’re willing to pay the $6 to $7 million a year he wants to leave Seattle.
Tate will be in Detroit on Wednesday to visit the Lions. Obviously, Tate would be the No. 2 receiver there behind Calvin Johnson. Other team visits, the Jets could be one of them, are possible before he makes a decision.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said keeping Tate is a priority, but the price could become a factor. Seattle released wide receiver Sidney Rice, which saved $7.3 million of cap money. But it’s unlikely the Seahawks would go higher than $5 million per year for Tate.
Seattle had a big signing Monday in keeping defensive lineman Michael Bennett, which proved to be even more important Tuesday when they lost defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to Tampa Bay and defensive end O’Brien Schofield to the New York Giants.
The Seahawks now are working to keep defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. The team also might be interested in one of the free agent defensive ends -- Jared Allen, Julius Peppers or maybe even Demarcus Ware -- if the price is right on a one-year deal.
It appears Seattle could lose cornerback Walter Thurmond to the Jaguars, who are becoming the Seahawks-East. Thurmond is making a visit to Jacksonville on Wednesday.