- On Thursday, the New England Patriots handed receiver Julian Edelman a brand new two-year extension. The deal was relatively cheap—two-years $11 million plus $4 million in incentives—but it still caught the eye of Golden Tate, especially after Pro Football Focus posted this:
Contract extension agreed between the Patriots and Julian Edelman. He ranked 5th in missed tackles forced among WRs since 2014 pic.twitter.com/dL2tWqUN61— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 8, 2017
I hope I'm one of the next ones to get extended..... big plays can come in all shapes and forms huh? https://t.co/Rsw1jBRPWU— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) June 9, 2017
Tate is currently on the third year of a five-year, $31 million contract signed back in 2014. His base salaries for the next two seasons are $6 and $7 million, with cap hits of $8.35 and $9.35 million respectively. While a deal is unlikely to get done this offseason, an extension would make sense in 2018. The Lions could theoretically lower that cap hit, while locking up Tate for another few years.
- Speaking of Tate, he could certainly bring up this fact in future contract negotiations:
Only 4 receivers have over 90 catches the past 3 seasons: Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas and .... Golden Tate #facts— Ari (@FFesq) June 9, 2017
- ESPN’s Michael Rothstein broke down the odds for a Lions-Browns Super Bowl, and they are... long. But there’s one Lions Super Bowl matchup that is even longer than that.
- A’Shawn Robinson already has a reputation for being a space-clogger along the defensive line. But the second-year defensive tackle wants to improve his pass rushing skills in 2017.
- PFF thinks Detroit’s three best players includes two new offensive linemen:
A look at the top three players on the Lions roster, featuring two new additions pic.twitter.com/nhmaKX23KC— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 9, 2017
- Tired of lists yet? Too bad, because Pro Football Focus threw together their top 50 players in the NFL and mentioned exactly zero Lions:
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- Bleacher Report’s Gagnon thinks the Lions worst offseason move was giving T.J. Lang $19 million in guaranteed money because of his age and his injury risk.