American Football - Tate willing to take pay cut

Wide receiver Golden Tate would be willing to take less money to stay with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate felt the collective effort of his team shone through in their convincing 43-8 triumph over the Denver Broncos which sealed Super Bowl XLVIII.

An impending unrestricted free agent, Tate told 950 KJR in Seattle that he would open to a hometown discount to facilitate the Super Bowl champions re-signing him.

Tate capped one of the best seasons of his career with the Super Bowl victory. During the regular season, he caught 64 passes for 989 yards and five touchdowns and added 585 yards on 51 punt returns. He ranked second in the NFL with 7.9 yards after the catch.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel plans to void the final year of his contract worth $3.7 million, according to a report.

The 31-year-old veteran will test the free-agent market, ESPN 1500 reported, with the uncertainty surrounding his status with the Vikings as new coach Mike Zimmer takes over after Leslie Frazier was fired.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are not happy with Joe Namath for wearing a fur coat during the Super Bowl coin toss on Sunday night.

Namath showed up for the pregame ceremony with a full-length, $3,000 coyote coat that attracted as much attention as his premature coin flip before the Seattle Seahawks' captains were able to call heads or tails.

PETA wants him to dispose of the coat by burying it.

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The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran cornerback Asante Samuel in a cost-savings move. The Falcons also released and linebacker Stephen Nicholas.

The 33-year-old Samuel was due to receive $4.9 million in salary and bonuses next year. Parting ways with Samuel, who had lost his starting job to rookie Robert Alford, will save the team slightly more than $4 million.

Nicholas, fourth-round draft pick in 2007, started 51 games for the Falcons but lost his spot in the linebacker rotation in 2013. His 2014 contract would have been a $3 million salary-cap hit for Atlanta.

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The findings of an investigation into workplace misconduct surrounding the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation with the Miami Dolphins will not be available until next week.

Attorney Ted Wells was hired by the NFL on November 6 to conduct an independent probe within the Dolphins' organization. He met with Martin twice, the final time on December 5, and spoke with Incognito and team officials in November.

Martin, an offensive tackle, left the team on October 28 and later accused Incognito, also an offensive lineman, of abuse.

Incognito was subsequently suspended from the team for the remainder of the 2013 season.

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