Free agent WR Golden Tate 'would love' to play with Tom Brady, Patriots


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots will definitely be seeking wide receivers this offseason, both via free agency and the draft.

One of the bigger names who will be available is Golden Tate, and it appears the 30-year-old wouldn't mind potentially joining the Patriots and catching passes from Tom Brady.

“I would love it. I would love it,” Tate said on the ProStyle podcast with former NFL wide receiver Earl Bennett. “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 going to be not only looking at the playoffs, but you’re looking at maybe a first-round bye with this team. You gotta admire that organization, they do things right, they’ve been doing it for a long, long, long time.”

Added Tate: “I would definitely love being a part of something like that and catch a few passes from old Tommy Boy. Julian [Edelman] is a buddy of mine, I’m really good buddies with him. I’ve heard good things from Kyle Van Noy, who got traded from Detroit and went there and has just been balling out since. It’s, as I said, a great organization. I definitely would not mind going over there for sure.”

Tate was traded to the Eagles from the Lions at the deadline this past season, and finished with 74 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns between the two teams. In his 10-year career, he's had three, 1,000-yard seasons.

After winning a Super Bowl early in his career with Seattle, he would like to do it again before his career is over.

“My time is limited, I don’t know if it’s going to be three, four, five, six [years]," said Tate. "I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I’m on the tail end of my career for sure. I want to get another ring. Winning the Super Bowl was probably one of the highlights of my career, or the highlight of my career, and I want to get back there so much more. That’s what the goal is.”

The Patriots certainly will be in on the 30-year-old, it will just be a matter of his price and if it exceeds where they will be willing to go.

Free agency officially begins March 13 at 4 p.m.