As the Lions are approaching the 2018 season, one of the most significant questions on the block is “will the Lions give Golden Tate a contract extension?”
Golden Tate, age 30 has one season left on his five-year, $31 million deal with the Lions that he signed back in 2014. Since then, Tate has dominated his performance on the field and has earned the right to be called the YAC King as he led the NFL in yards after catch for another straight season.
Since 2013, no WR has forced more missed tackles after the catch than Golden Tate. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gjh2bcLvFp
— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) May 8, 2018
Golden Tate was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. He spent four years with them and recorded the following stats:
- 58 games
- 165 receptions
- 2,195 rec yards
- 15 touchdowns
On March 12, 2014, Tate joined the Detroit Lions organization and made a significant impact on the team. The following proves his dominance:
- 64 games
- 372 receptions
- 4,224 rec yards
- 19 touchdowns
Even though Tate suffered a Grade 3 AC joint separation last year that was supposed to keep him out four to six weeks, he still managed to play all 16 games and catch 92 passes for 1,003 yards.
Golden Tate is the number one wide receiver peering up with Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay. Last season, the Detroit Lions were the only team in the NFL to have two 1,000 yard WRs (Tate and Jones). Unfortunately, Kenny Golladay suffered a hamstring injury in week three which had him miss multiple weeks but having those three on the field will be pretty scary as it creates some options for Stafford and makes it harder for the defenders to defend.
There hasn’t been much talk about giving Tate a contract extension, but we know from the past, Quinn likes to seal the deal closer to the start of the season. He did it with Matthew Stafford, Glover Quin, Darius Slay, Theo Riddick and Sam Martin. When the Lions signed GT to a 5-year $31M deal in 2014, that was a steal for a top receiver in the game. Now seeing the Browns sign Jarvis Landry to a 5-year, $75M contract extension, it makes me wonder how much Tate is going to ask.
“Hopefully we can get something (done),” Tate said. “I think what I’ve done in my four years is hard to do. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of being available, being durable, being reliable. I think I’m still playing at a very, very high level. I think Matt (Stafford) trusts me; I think the team trusts me so hopefully, we can get something done.”
Golden Tate sat down with Detroit Free Press Dave Birkett at the Free Press Sports Awards and told him he wants to retire as a Lion.
— Korean Abdul Jabbar (@HeyDaveKim) May 19, 2018
The Lions should give Tate a contract extension depending on his price tag. If it’s too high, wait till the end of the season to see how he performs. Tate is getting older but hasn’t stopped producing. Coming off back to back 1,000-yard seasons, he’s an asset to the team. While Patricia and Quinn continue to fill in the team’s needs, having Tate on the side only increases the WR core and will potentially make the Lions a contender in the NFC this coming season.