NEWARK, N.J. – Once the Super Bowl concludes Sunday, the 14 Seahawks who are unrestricted free agents will be thrust into uncertainty about their future.
Understandably, it’s not something they want to dwell on now.
But one of the bigger names on that list, receiver Golden Tate, said at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day that he hopes it will work out for him to remain with the Seahawks.
“I would really like to stay,” he said. “It’s a great city, a great group of guys. From top to bottom, I can’t say enough great things about Seattle. The coaching staff is one of a kind. The nutritionist, the trainers, the city, the food, the stadium, everything is just great. I really would like to stay here. But we’ll see. Only time will tell.”
Tate is completing his fourth season with Seattle, one that was also his best. He had a team-high 64 catches for 898 yards and showed he can be a consistently productive punt returner, with 51 attempts for 585 yards, an 11.5 yard average that ranked ninth in the NFL.
The period to sign free agents begins March 11. But Tate said that seems far off.
“Right now really my future doesn’t matter,” Tate said. “Winning a Super Bowl is the only thing that matters to me because this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal. Obviously I plan to come back… . (but) I mean there’s been guys that played 20 years that haven’t even gone to the playoffs. I feel like it would be selfish for me to be thinking about my future and that would be taking away from this team.”
Harvin good to go
Receiver Percy Harvin took question after question about his health and answered every one by reiterating he expects to play without limitations.
“I feel great,” said Harvin, who has played just two games this season, first while dealing with a hip injury, and then suffering a concussion in the NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints.
“I’m feeling fine. I feel normal. I have been practicing well.”
Harvin hinted that the week off before the 49ers game and then the bye week after that have helped him regain additional strength in his legs.
“I think I can be as explosive as I’ve ever been,” he said. “My legs are feeling great. I am finally able to get drive in my legs that I need to come out of my breaks a little quicker than I was before the (concussion). So I definitely think I can be a factor in this game.”
There wasn’t a lot of bulletin board material tossed around Tuesday. But Seattle defensive tackle Tony McDaniel may have thrown a little in the direction of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning when he was asked what he has learned from watching Manning on film.
“He has happy feet,” McDaniel said. “If he doesn’t see guys open, he will get anxious and throw the ball.”
A limited edition of “Seattle mix” Skittles of blue and green will be auctioned to three fans through Jan. 29.