Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and free agent Golden Tate has signed a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Lions announced on their website Wednesday.
Tate traveled to Detroit on Tuesday night to meet with the Lions on Wednesday.
While details of the deal weren't released, the Lions' website said, "Tate spent most of the day touring the team’s Allen Park practice facility with wide receivers coach Robert Prince and also spent a considerable amount of time with Lions vice chairman Bill Ford.
"Ford said back in 1995 during free agency when defensive tackle Henry Thomas visited Detroit: 'Don’t let him out of the showroom.'
"The Lions didn’t let Tate out of the showroom."
Tate also confirmed the deal on Twitter:
Wow I'm officially a Detroit #Lion. Extremely excited about the opportunity to grow with this organization.— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) March 12, 2014
The deal is reportedly worth $31 million with $13.25 million guaranteed.
Golden Tate to me just now: "Yes I am taking the deal (with the Lions). It is a 5-year deal for $31M and $13.25M guaranteed."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 12, 2014
Tate was the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks' top receiver last season. He appeared to be Detroit's top target in free agency because it is looking for someone to complement All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson.
Over four years, Tate caught 165 passes for 2,195 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2014, he snagged 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns as one of the Seahawks’ top receivers.