It’s never fun losing your favorite players, especially when your team just won the Super bowl. However there’s usually a silver lining when somebody leaves town. A lot of Seahawks fans are upset by Golden Tate leaving for the Detroit Lions, but here are five reasons it’s actually good for the team long term.
1. More money for Doug Baldwin
Realistically, the Seahawks were never going to be able to bring back both Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, so they had to make a choice. If that is indeed the case then I believe the organization made the right call. As of right now, Baldwin is attached to a second-round tender and has a two million one year deal sitting on the table. Baldwin is wise not to take it because there’s a good chance another team will make a higher offer. As long as it’s not an outlandish contract the Seahawks will probably match it – anything in the range of $6 million per year or less should be acceptable.
Baldwin is also more consistent than Tate. He has zero fumbles thus far in his NFL career. He makes fewer mental mistakes on the field like running backward after the catch and taking chances by runnning out of the end zone when the kick is too deep. Football Outsiders ranks Baldwin as the second most efficient wide receiver in the NFL per play, so he’s barely scratched the surface of what he can do.
A while back I made a Twitter poll asking the 12th man which they would rather keep if they had to choose. By a four to one margin they went for Baldwin, so I have to believe that the fans will get over Tate leaving pretty quick.