Three and out: Tate responds to Seattle fans’ criticism
Tate finally had enough of the insults and went on 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle to give his side.
"I got offered a number (by the Seahawks) that was laughable considering that I was there four years, a starter two of those years, in the community, did everything right, was not a troublemaker," Tate said. "The organization is offering guys from other places almost three times what they offered me. I was kind of like ‘Are you serious?’ I’ve given literally everything and this is what you give me.’"
The Seahawks’ offer reportedly was around 40-percent less than what Tate got from the Lions.
That’s one reason the Lions are expected to sign free-agent safety James Ihedigbo. Teryl Austin, the Lions’ new defensive coordinator, was Ihedigbo’s position coach last season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Now it appears the Lions also could be adding another player with connections to new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Jed Collins is scheduled to make a visit to the Lions’ headquarters Wednesday and has emerged as the favorite to become their new fullback.
Collins, 28, spent the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, where Lombardi was the team’s quarterbacks coach.
The Lions haven’t used a traditional fullback in their offensive system in recent years, but the new coaching staff has indicated that will change.
Collins (6-foot-1, 255 pounds) had a career-high 15 rushing attempts last season for 45 yards and one touchdown for the Saints. He also caught 14 passes for 54 yards.
Naturally, his primary duty will be to open holes for Reggie Bush and to protect Matthew Stafford.
It appears Hill will pick between the Lions and the Rams. He has an offseason home in Missouri.
If Hill leaves Detroit, speculation has centered on another former Saint to possibly replace him.
Luke McCown’s position coach last season was Lombardi, although McCown didn’t get much playing time behind Drew Brees.
Hill remains the Lions’ best option, but McCown’s familiarity with the Lions’ offensive coordinator could make him a decent alternative.
McCown, 33, was a fourth-round pick by Cleveland in 2004 coming out of Louisiana Tech. He was Atlanta’s back-up QB in 2012 and has thrown a total only one pass in the last two seasons.