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Lions' Golden Tate: Seattle Seahawks' offer 'laughable'

Golden Tate didn't realize he was opening Pandora's box when he announced last month that he was milling to take "a little less" money to stay with the Seattle Seahawks.

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When the Super Bowl champions failed to make Tate a priority in free agency, he accepted a five-year, $31 million offer from the Detroit Lions.

Disturbed by the negative reaction from a rabid 'Hawks fan base spitting out vitriol via Twitter, Tate took to the radio waves Tuesday to defend himself.

"I didn't mean a 40 percent discount," Tate told KIRO-AM Seattle, via ESPN. "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?'"

Tate truly wanted to stay in Seattle. We don't blame him for joining a pass-happy team offering considerably more money and security, just as we don't begrudge a run-heavy Seahawks operation for setting a price and sticking to it.

"It's a business and I get it," Tate added. "But I felt I was undervalued a little bit considering all I had done. I'm going to miss the city of Seattle, but I really had no choice.

"I did my very best to stay in Seattle. I leave with my head high."

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