With the San Francisco 49ers looking for a deep-threat at the wide receiver position, one player they were reportedly targeting was former Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate. According to Dave Softler Mahler of SportsRadio 950 KJR, he said that the 49ers were interested in the former Notre Dame product as he tweeted:
Tate said the 49ers showed interest in signing him but he couldnt do that to Seahawks fans.
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) March 12, 2014
Although Tate says, he couldn’t do that to Seahawks fans, one has to wonder was it really that, or was it economics, as the Detroit Lions vastly overpaid for the five-year veteran to a five-year deal worth $31 million ($13.25 million guaranteed). Tate said other teams were interested but made no mention of the 49ers, as he said:
It wasn’t as tempting with the Jets or the Jags. More so with Seattle. I had a great four years in Seattle and I’m going to miss that place to death. Great city. Great people. Great fans. But for me, it just made more sense to come here. I could see a ton of upside in the vision this organization has and that I have is all the same, and I’m excited just to be a part of something special.
With Tate now off to the motor city, the Seahawks will likely draft a wide receiver with their first-round pick, as this draft class is deep with ball catchers.