One of the best free-agent receivers on the market loves the idea of playing for the Patriots. Even if the other 31 teams don’t share that fond vision.
Golden Tate, who will be entering his ninth season and looking at a nice payday, made his first pitch for a destination, laying praise at the feet of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, fresh off their sixth Super Bowl victory together. Tate wants in.
“Man, I would love it,” the 30-year-old said on the “Prostyle Podcast.” That organization, they have proven to be champions, year in and year out. They work hard, for sure. But you know where you’re going to be at the end of the season. You’re looking at not just going to the playoffs, looking at a first-round bye. You gotta admire their organization; they do things right and they’ve been doing it for a long, long, long time. I definitely would love to be a part of something like that.”
Tate, a Pro Bowler in 2014, is coming off a season split between Detroit and Philadelphia, a trade-deadline acquisition who cumulatively totaled 74 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, he made the game-winning TD pass on a fourth-and-goal in a wild-card game against the Bears.
The Eagles were eliminated in the divisional round, and Tate is dreaming bigger.
“Catch passes from old Tommy boy,” he said. “Julian [Edelman] is a buddy of mine. … I’ve heard good things about [the Patriots from] Kyle Van Noy, who got traded from Detroit and went there and been balling out since. … I definitely would not mind going over there, for sure.”
The Patriots lacked a game-changing receiver weapon after Josh Gordon was suspended, yet that didn’t seem to matter in the playoffs. Other free-agent wide receivers include Demaryius Thomas, Adam Humphries, Cole Beasley and Randall Cobb, though Antonio Brown will be the most attractive on the market (through a trade).