Golden Tate: I signed a contract and I’m going to honor it

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Lions receiver Golden Tate is heading into the final year of his contract and would like a new deal, but he never considered holding out to get the contract he wants.

Tate said Friday that he believes in honoring his commitments, and when he signed a five-year contract with the Lions four years ago he expected to play all five years of it.

“I signed a five-year contract and I’m going to honor it,” Tate said. “I love the game a lot. I want to be out here around the guys.”

It’s actually somewhat rare for an NFL player to play out a full five-year contract, as Tate is poised to do. Usually players either over-perform and get a new deal that pays them more, or under-perform and agree to a pay cut or get cut.

Tate has been a good deal for the Lions, never missing a game in his four seasons in Detroit and topping 1,000 receiving yards in three of his four seasons. This year he has a $7 million base salary.

Tate will turn 30 next week, and he’ll hit free agency next year. With another good season he should be able to get a good contract next year.

46 responses to “Golden Tate: I signed a contract and I’m going to honor it

  1. One lousy call by a replacement ref made this guy’s career possible. I hope Tate sends that guy a Christmas card every year with a Starbucks gift card in it.

  2. He is probably a little underpaid, but I think it was a good deal for both sides, especially considering when he signed it. The contract that Watkins and Cooks got are insane. Could Tate hold out to try and get in the 10 mil range for this year, sure. But with what they are paying WRs, he will cash in big if he has a good year.

  3. When a player makes comments like these and shows where his true intentions lie, it makes you a whole lot more desirable as a 30 year-old FA WR because teams know that you’re not just trying to cash out before retiring and you’ll continue to work hard for them. Well done Golden.

  4. Wow. Honor your contract?
    Good for you ! And thank you for showing honor !

    See the difference between plainly stating your position and being wishy washy / demanding for a new contract without demanding a new contract, like some drama QB who needs to feel loved?

  5. I respect that. I get that people who outplay their contracts usually get something new. But you either make contracts shorter or have opt-out clauses like they do in the NBA. But if you sign something, you sign something. I respect Tate for that.

  6. How refreshing: a man who actually seeks to honor the contract he signed. I’m not a Lions fan, but I have new respect for Mr. Tate. The NFL needs more like him. If you aren’t willing to live up to the full extent of a contract, then don’t sign it–but if you do sign, then you should be prepared to honor your word and fulfill the obligations of the contract. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter if the market shifts or the pay scale changes. You gave your word and signed on the dotted line. Now honor it. Thank you, Golden Tate, for reminding people of how it’s done.

  7. Big deal. Its pathetic when honoring a contract is such a big deal.
    Spoiled players think they are so special.
    Honor a contract. If they were hurt, how would they like it if the team decided NOT TO earn the contract.

  8. Your good Tate, but not good enough to demand another contract under a first year hc.

  9. As a Lions follower, shouldn’t they approach him about an extension before he hits the open market? He’s been their best player\receiver since he’s been in Detroit.

  10. manderson4150 says:
    July 28, 2018 at 8:46 am
    As a Lions follower, shouldn’t they approach him about an extension before he hits the open market? He’s been their best player\receiver since he’s been in Detroit.
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    Yes, that’s how NFL Football and contracts work.
    You keep your best players happy and in your back pocket by redoing the deal after the bonus has expired.

    I’m honestly confused why this is even a story as hundreds of players play out their contract every year for a variety of reasons.
    Cobb is doing the same thing in Green Bay this year.

  11. marvin1958 says:

    One lousy call by a replacement ref made this guy’s career possible.
    ###

    Sour grapes, still…

    It was a great catch – you need to remember one of the keys to a completion is to have full possession of the football with both feet on the ground.

    Tate had possession and two feet on the ground. Even if you want to claim simultaneous possession – the tie goes to the receiver.

  12. v2787 says:
    July 28, 2018 at 8:34 am
    How refreshing: a man who actually seeks to honor the contract he signed.

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    Now if only the 32 owners and GMs would be so honorable.

  13. vikesr4reel says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:41 am
    This guy is such a fraud
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    Brother, have your head checked. This is so incredibly refreshing to have a player in this era of entitled millennials say that he believes in honoring his commitments. The contrary happens more frequently where a WR catches 35 passes and 4 TD’s and all of sudden they “want to get paid” and threaten a hold out.
    Between this comment and Dak’s comment on kneeling during the anthem I now have restored faith in the players of this generation. Unfortunately, we just need to work on the other 95% of selfish knuckleheads still out there.

  14. I’ve never understood why Golden Tate appears to be such a polarizing figure and why so many seem to think he’s a bum. There are plenty of WRs who gladly would take 90+ receptions over each of the last four seasons. Like him or not, those stats should be getting him more than the $7M he’s earning this year relative to the crazy market for WRs.

    Blame agents and owners for allowing 5 year contracts to become more like 4 plus a player option.

  15. goodellisaclown says:
    July 28, 2018 at 10:14 am
    I’ve never understood why Golden Tate appears to be such a polarizing figure

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    Ask Russel Wilson and his ex-wife

  16. Not a lions fan, but c’mon the guys a player. He’s out there every Sunday giving it what he’s got. Vikes fans calling him a fraud shows how outta touch they are…. and zonkers, is it possible to not include the pack in every single thought? Lions article, taking about the lions, vikes fan introduces the packer QB. No reason really other than obsession…. carry on….

  17. vikesr4reel says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    This guy is such a fraud

    3 110 Rate This

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    You mean kinda like how the Vikes are frauds? Number 1 defense? Getting destroyed in the NFC Championship against Philly’s back up lol.

  18. The Lions don’t have the cap space to extend Tate for anything even close to market value right now, or it would’ve happened already. Thanks to the “Ziggy staying healthy” gamble.

  19. It’s funny how stupid he is and everyone who agrees with him! The team DONT HONOR CONTRACTS ! THIS IS FUNNY AS HELL! THEY WILL CUT YOU AND TOSS YOUR CONTRACT BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE HONOR? WOW!

  20. Bonus money should be clearly segmented by year so that when a player holds out in year 2, 3, 4, or 5 of a 5 year deal they will instantly owe 80, 60, 40, or 20% of that bonus money the second their holdout becomes official. They go on the commissioner’s exempt list until they pay back the bonus or the team waves the penalty.

    Its really dishonest when players get a 20 million dollar pay advance on a 5 year deal and then cry that they are making 8 million this year when it is really 8 + 4 from the bonus + virtual interest payments on money that was advanced to you 4 years earlier, so that 8 is really more like 13.3.

    We get to hear fake news like Taylor Lewan’s concern for ‘taking care of his family’ when he would have earned 21 million dollars in 5 years in the NFL before he hit 2019 (not counting endorsements). I don’t think his family needs 80 million so they don’t wind up on the street.

    Just realize that its millionaires vs billionaires and greed drives it all. There are no victims in these salary disputes. Also, every extra dollar they earn is a dollar that their teammates can’t get paid in a salary cap system.

    I am not saying players shouldn’t look out for themselves. Just stop pretending they are somehow being exploited by being asked to honor a contract. They are getting rich.

    BTW, cutting a player is part of the contract (they get to keep the bonus)

  21. One of Seattles biggest mistakes was letting Tate walk for Percy Harvin. He plays way bigger than his size and when he gets the ball in his hands he is like a running back.

    Earn yourself another big contract Golden, you deserve it!

  22. He’s getting paid an amount both sides agree are appropriate. If he was the best receiver in the league he wouldn’t be so “honorable” ….and if he stunk they would cut him loose. This is a non-story.

    I wouldn’t pay $50 for a can of beer and a vendor wouldn’t sell it to me for 50 cents……charge $5 and we both would “honor “ that deal.

  23. If the rumors were true about Golden Tate and Russel Wilson’s wife at the time, Seattle had to part with Tate. You can’t keep them both on the same team and not have a divided locker room.

  24. If only owners would live up to their contracts instead of trading players to situations & circumstances they didn’t agree to & adding on, (for example: Anthem policies) after the fact & expect us to live up to new policies at the behest of new owners

    Owners rights Trump individual rights however

    Well Jordy, Dez, & others it is what it is huh

  25. Bruh, that’s all fine and good, but choo ain’t got HOF numbahs like OBJ who’s already got more TDs in 4 years than it took you to get in 8 years, son. OBJ and Dez, dey be double-digit TD per multiple season play abs, son. Dey de$erve top dolla, son, not choo, homie lol

  26. vikesr4reel says:
    July 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    This guy is such a fraud

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    With a big mouth! Golden Turd isn’t even a top 25 WR.

  27. If he’s so good (90catches average) why are the
    Lions so bad? Maybe that’s why he’s willing to honor his contract. Refreashing however. If only more players had that attitude.

  28. Golden Tate catches the ball a lot, Whoop-tie Do!!! We haven’t won a playoff game since ’91, That’s count them everyone…….ONE )1( playoff win since 1957. Tate has been here for four years, Stafford since the year we went 0-16. We have three playoff appearances with Stafford and the likes of Suh and Calvin and lost ALL OF THEM and we lost with Tate too.

    I’m over Golden Tate, he only has good YAC cause of Stafford’s ability to sling the ball. Any WR in that position would have great YAC, Tate is overrated.

  29. removeemotion says:
    July 28, 2018 at 11:24 am
    It’s funny how stupid he is and everyone who agrees with him! The team DONT HONOR CONTRACTS ! THIS IS FUNNY AS HELL! THEY WILL CUT YOU AND TOSS YOUR CONTRACT BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE HONOR? WOW!
    —————-/
    Actually, we fully understand. At first glance, your point suggests that management is evil and has all control. There is an element of truth in that view. But the player usually gets upfront signing bonuses. Why?
    They get them as a trade/off for managements position.

    I would love to play one year for a couple of million dollars, and have the owner cut me. I wouldn’t have to work another day in my life.

  30. I do t know if he deserves a new deal or not, but he consistently kills my favorite team.

  31. Ryan L says:
    July 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Golden Tate catches the ball a lot, Whoop-tie Do!!! We haven’t won a playoff game since ’91, That’s count them everyone…….ONE )1( playoff win since 1957. Tate has been here for four years, Stafford since the year we went 0-16. We have three playoff appearances with Stafford and the likes of Suh and Calvin and lost ALL OF THEM and we lost with Tate too.

    I’m over Golden Tate, he only has good YAC cause of Stafford’s ability to sling the ball. Any WR in that position would have great YAC, Tate is overrated.

    Your Bears are primed for an 0-16 season. Lol

  32. Remember when he owned three GB DBs to catch the winning TD?

    That was funny.

  33. Ryan says:
    July 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm
    Ryan L says:
    July 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Golden Tate catches the ball a lot, Whoop-tie Do!!! We haven’t won a playoff game since ’91, That’s count them everyone…….ONE )1( playoff win since 1957. Tate has been here for four years, Stafford since the year we went 0-16. We have three playoff appearances with Stafford and the likes of Suh and Calvin and lost ALL OF THEM and we lost with Tate too.

    I’m over Golden Tate, he only has good YAC cause of Stafford’s ability to sling the ball. Any WR in that position would have great YAC, Tate is overrated.

    Your Bears are primed for an 0-16 season. Lol

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    Definitely a Packer fan, for the millionth time. It’s common knowledge that the Lions are the only team in the division that have go 0-16 in modern day football. Just like the Browns, lol. Are you guys primed to “think” you’re going to get your second playoff win in six decades?

    Keeping beating the Bears though, they still own your team overall: All-time series CHI: leads 97–74–5

  34. The Packers and Vikings trolls are out in full force because they FEAR THE ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Tate is much more honorable than that Rodgers character when it comes to honoring the terms of his contract!

    #ONEPRIDE

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