FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have only one extensive receiver from their Tremendous Bowl LIII roster below contract for the 2019 season, which suggests they may discover the free-agent marketplace for assist, and veteran Golden Tate would welcome a name from the defending champions.
“I might find it irresistible. That group, they’ve confirmed to be champions year-in and year-out,” Tate mentioned on the Prostyle Podcast with former NFL receiver Earl Bennett. “They work arduous, for positive. However you recognize the place you are going to be on the finish of the season; you are going to be taking a look at not [only] going to the playoffs, however perhaps a first-round bye. You bought to admire that group. They do issues proper and so they’ve been doing it for an extended, lengthy, very long time.
“So I would undoubtedly like to be part of one thing like that, and undoubtedly catch just a few passes from previous Tommy Boy.”
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Tate, who turns 31 on Aug. 2, added that he’s “actual good buddies” with Julian Edelman, the lone Patriots receiver from Tremendous Bowl LIII below contract for 2019. Tate additionally has been involved with former Detroit Lions teammate Kyle Van Noy, who simply completed his third season with the Patriots, and mentioned Van Noy speaks extremely of the Patriots.
When requested a couple of potential return to Seattle, Tate — who has totaled 611 receptions for 7,214 yards with 38 touchdowns in 9 seasons — added that something is feasible in free company, and that he has maintained contact with head coach Pete Carroll. He referred to as the Seahawks’ house stadium essentially the most particular atmosphere he is been a part of. “Being 9 years in, I nonetheless suppose that is essentially the most enjoyable stadium to be part of, and play in,” he mentioned.
Of his mindset coming into free company, Tate mentioned on the podcast: “My time is restricted. I do not know if it may be three, 4, 5, six years. I do not know what it may be, however I am on the tail finish of my profession for positive. I need to get one other ring. Successful the Tremendous Bowl was most likely one of many highlights of my profession, or the spotlight of my profession. I need to get again there a lot extra. That is what the purpose is. I need to go into this example, I form of need to have my cake and eat it on the similar time. I need to go someplace they sling the ball so much, have a superb quarterback, have a superb offensive line, have a superb offensive coordinator. I form of need all of it. I do not know what’s going to occur sooner or later.”