Tate thinks highly of his skills, which in fairness, are pretty good. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Tate didn’t beat around the bush about wanting a contract extension.

Quoting a Pro Football Focus tweet about Julian Edelman’s contract extension with the New England Patriots, Tate replied: “I hope I’m one of the next ones to get extended….. big plays can come in all shapes and forms huh?”

The veteran wide receiver has two years left on the five-year, $31 million deal he signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in 2014. He’s scheduled to make $6 million in cash this year and $7 million in cash next year.

Tate led the Lions last season with 91 catches for 1,077 yards and scored four touchdowns. He also ranks first in missed tackled forced among receivers since 2014, according to the PFF graphic he cited in his tweet.

Asked if he’s underpaid, Tate told reporters on Saturday: “Yep.”

He also said he’d like to stay in Detroit.

“Just saw my buddy get extended and that’s obviously the goal,” Tate said, via ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. “I have this season and next season until I can really think about it, but it wasn’t nothing malicious or mean hinting at it. I mean, I’m hinting at it in a few years, of course.

“I would love to stay here. I’m having a lot of fun. We have a great foundation. I love where we’re going so I’d love to be here but we’ll see. I’ve still got time.”

Tate’s numbers since joining the Lions are solid, and he appears to have good chemistry with quarterback Matthew Stafford. It would make perfect sense for them to go ahead and lock him up for the next couple of years.

This article first appeared on The Sports Daily and was syndicated with permission.



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Can you name every prominent quarterback in the history of the Detroit Lions?

While many quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Detroit Lions over the years, this quiz only lists the signal callers who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. The Lions were called the Portsmouth Spartans from 1930-1933.

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1932
Dutch Clark
1933
Glenn Presnell
1934
Dutch Clark
1935
Glenn Presnell
1936
Dutch Clark
1937
Bill Shepherd
1938
Vern Huffman
1939
Dwight Sloan
1940-1941
Whizzer White
1942
Harry Hopp
1943-1944
Frankie Sinkwich
1945
Chuck Fenenbock
1946
Dave Ryan
1947
Clyde LeForce
1948
Fred Enke
1949
Frank Tripucka
1950-1957
Bobby Layne
1958
Tobin Rote
1959
Earl Morrall
1960-1961
Jim Ninowski
1962
Milt Plum
1963
Earl Morrall
1964-1965
Milt Plum
1966
Karl Sweetan
1967
Milt Plum
1968-1969
Bill Munson
1970-1972
Greg Landry
1973-1974
Bill Munson
1975
Joe Reed
1976-1977
Greg Landry
1978
Gary Danielson
1979
Jeff Komlo
1980
Gary Danielson
1981
Eric Hipple
1982
Gary Danielson
1983
Eric Hipple
1984
Gary Danielson
1985-1986
Eric Hipple
1987
Chuck Long
1988
Rusty Hilger
1989
Bob Gagliano
1990
Rodney Peete
1991
Erik Kramer
1992-1993
Rodney Peete
1994
Dave Krieg
1995-1997
Scott Mitchell
1998
Charlie Batch
1999
Gus Frerotte
2000-2001
Charlie Batch
2002-2005
Joey Harrington
2006-2007
Jon Kitna
2008
Dan Orlovsky
2009
Matthew Stafford
2010
Shaun Hill
2011-2019
Matthew Stafford

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