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."