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Did Golden Tate take swipe at Seahawks after Earl Thomas muffed punt?

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The Seattle Seahawks chose to let wide receiver Golden Tate leave in free agency this past winter so they would have enough money available to lock up players they considered to be higher priorities. One of those players was safety Earl Thomas, who has earned every penny of his four-year, $40 million extension as the anchor of Seattle’s secondary.

On Thursday night, Pete Carroll decided to give Thomas a shot at one of Tate’s old jobs — returning punts. Thomas ended up muffing the first punt he tried to field, though Richard Sherman blocked a player into him. Just moments later, Tate sent this tweet:

Coincidence? I highly, highly doubt it. Tate probably feels that he was more valuable to the Seahawks than given credit for, so I’m sure he enjoyed watching Thomas blow it. He still tried to play it off.

We all know what the now-Detroit Lions receiver meant, and it had nothing to do with cheesecake. Expect Thomas to be watching Tate closely in his debut with his new team on Sunday.

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Golden Tate says Seahawks’ contract offer gave him no choice but to leave

Golden-Tate-Donut-911-CallLast year for the Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Golden Tate was a constant for the team’s offense. He appeared in all 16 regular season games and set career-highs in both receptions (64) and yards (898).

Next season, however, Tate will be suiting up for the Detroit Lions after the two sides agreed to a five-year, $31 million contract. The 25-year-old made it known his preference was to stay in Seattle, but ultimately that didn’t materialize.

When players are happy with their current situation, you may hear them say they’re willing to take a “hometown discount” (or less money) to stay where they are. Golden Tate fell into that category. That said, there’s still a limit to what one feels they deserve and the Seahawks apparently did not meet that amount.

“I didn’t mean a 40 percent discount,” Tate said when speaking with 710 ESPN Seattle. “I’m going to earn in one year at Detroit what Seattle was going to pay me for two years. Seattle offered numbers that were laughable. I thought, ‘I’ve given you everything and this is what you give me?'”

“Considering I was there for four years, and started two of those years. I missed one game in those two years. I did everything right and wasn’t a trouble maker. And what they offered, I was like, ‘Is this serious?'”

Money aside, the style of Detroit’s offense was also a factor. The Lions have led the NFL in pass attempts two of past three seasons. In the other, they finished fifth. The Seahawks over the same span have finished 25th, 32nd, and 31st.

“I’m going from a run-heavy offense to a pass-happy offense,” he told the Bob and Groz Show. “It’s a chance to be the player I always imagined being.”

Tate is fortunate to have a Super Bowl victory on his career resume after four years in the NFL. There are many who take off their pads for the last time without ever having the feeling of being crowned champion. With that accomplished, Tate has now secured himself a big pay day and will be part of an offense which can provide him with an expanded role.

“I’m going to miss the city of Seattle, but I really had no choice, Tate said. I did my very best to stay in Seattle. I leave with my head high.”

Sometimes you just have to move on. This was clearly one of those times for Golden Tate.

You can hear the interview in its entirety below.

Golden Tate makes one-handed touchdown catch (GIF)

Golden Tate catchGolden Tate scored a touchdown on Sunday on a great one-handed catch in the end zone just before halftime against the Atlanta Falcons.

With the Seattle Seahawks already up 16-3 on Atlanta and only 8 seconds left in the half, Russell Wilson decided to take a shot at the end zone. He threw a corner route to Tate, who made a great one-handed catch with his left hand by the sidelines to make it 23-3. Think about all the awesome aspects of the catch — it was one-handed, while he had a guy on him, and he managed to get both feet inbounds. That was impressive.

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Golden Tate taunts Rams defense by waving on touchdown (Video)

Golden Tate wavingGolden Tate upset many people by doing a disrespectful taunt in the third quarter on Monday night after scoring on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to put the Seattle Seahawks up 14-6 on the St. Louis Rams.

After catching the bomb from Wilson, Tate raised his left arm in celebration and then began waving at safety Rodney McLeod, who was chasing him.

Was it a dick move by Tate? Absolutely. But there’s not much you can do about it after your defense has already been burned. The only way to get back at Tate would be by winning the game, which they failed to do despite having great chances at the end.

UPDATE: After the game, Tate apologized.

“I have to represent this team better, act like I’ve been there before.”

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Josh Sitton: Golden Tate and Pete Carroll are completely full of crap (Audio)

There are a lot of livid people in Green Bay and beyond after Monday night’s debacle of an ending in Seattle, but very few are more upset over the series of events than Packers guard Josh Sitton. Or, should we say, no one has been more willing to express their frustration than the big fella.

After leading the charge in blasting the NFL on Twitter after Green Bay’s loss, Sitton took it a step further on Tuesday during an interview with “The Jim Rome Show.” He said he would go on strike “just to end this crap” if the CBA would allow it. He also teed off on Golden Tate and Pete Carroll for refusing to admit they caught a break.

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Victor Cruz: I would admit I didn’t catch the ball if I was Golden Tate

When the officials were trying to sort out what had happened on the final play of the Packers-Seahawks game on Monday night, Golden Tate had no choice but to insist he had joint possession of the ball and had caught the game-winning touchdown. Tate’s job is to do anything he can to help his team win, so obviously you can’t fault him even if M.D. Jennings clearly intercepted the pass.

However, some people have criticized Tate for refusing to admit the replacement refs gave the game to Seattle now that the win is completely in the books. Victor Cruz is one of those people, as the Giants wide receiver says he would tell the truth after the fact.

“I would have been honest,” Cruz told ESPN’s ‘Mike and Mike’ according to The Star-Ledger. “Obviously, the film shows, the video shows that I obviously didn’t catch the football. I wouldn’t have owned up to catching it, if I didn’t catch it.”

Cruz clarified that he would never admit he didn’t have possession of the ball during the game, but apparently he took issue with Tate going on the radio after the game and insisting the refs made the right call — when in fact it was one of the worst calls in NFL history.

In reality, Cruz can’t say for sure what he would have said since it’s tough to imagine yourself in that unique of a situation. Tate doesn’t want to take anything away from his teammates for fighting until the end, so on some level it makes sense he’s insisting he caught the pass rather than essentially admitting Seattle didn’t deserve the win.

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Golden Tate on game-winning Hail Mary catch: ‘I know I had the ball’

Even the professionals get lucky sometimes. With replacement officials on the field, it’s more likely than ever to happen. The Seahawks got lucky on Monday night. Anyone who saw the pass interference call against the Packers on the final drive of the game and the instantly infamous Hail Mary catch by Golden Tate can tell you that. Of course, Tate is among the very small minority who believe the Seahawks won fair and square.

After shoving a Packers defender down while the ball was in the air, Tate tried to go up and make the catch. Instead, Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and clearly gained possession on his way to the ground. The officials apparently thought Tate had simultaneous possession, which by rule goes to the offense. That’s the way Tate saw it as well.

“Yes, I did,” he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio after the game, according to Pro Football Talk. “I know I had the ball in my hands the entire — from the moment that it was catchable. I had my hands on the ball, just fought for it and tried to come down with it.

“I didn’t know what they called, I just know that I had the ball in my hands and at the bottom of the pile I was just fighting to maintain that.”

Since one official made the signal for touchdown while the other waived his arms above his head to indicate an interception, no one knew what the call on the field was. The only thing viewers at home knew for certain was that Jennings had intercepted the pass. The Packers players were irate after the game and many of them took to Twitter to rip the NFL and the officials, and who can blame them? With the exception of Pete Carroll and Tate, just about everyone thinks the referee lockout has to end.