Allen Park — Golden Tate has made more money playing in the NFL — just short of $35 million — than most of us could ever imagine. And he's primed to potentially double his career earnings with his next deal. But he'll never make as much as New York Giants' superstar Odell Beckham Jr.
It was reported Monday that Beckham had reached an extension with the Giants that will pay him $95 million over the next five years.
When Tate was told the numbers, presumably for the first time after the Lions came off the practice field, you can excuse him for feigning to fall out of his chair.
And as Tate has done all offseason, when asked about the huge deals being signed by receivers around the league, he has praised the players for earning their contract all while waiting his turn to sign another lucrative offer sheet.
Whether that comes from Detroit remains to be seen. Following general manager Bob Quinn's track record for executing extensions, a new deal with Tate would most likely occur in the next two weeks, prior to the team's regular-season opener on Sept. 10 against the Jets.
Asked about the status of those negotiations, Tate reiterated what he said at the start of training camp — he's letting his agent handle it and intentionally staying in the dark so he can focus on preparing for the season.
"I have no clue, to be honest," Tate said. "I don't even know. Like I said a few weeks ago, this camp is getting all my attention. I'm trying not to be a selfish player, thinking about my contract. Obviously, I want to get something done, but first and foremost, I want to put the team first and give them my best effort in order for us to win."
Tate did acknowledge he had a salary floor in mind, but understandably declined to offer specifics.
Tate is entering the final season of a five-year, $31 million contract he signed with the Lions in 2014. He has been highly productive the first four years, catching at least 90 passes each season and topping 1,000 yards three times.
Tate is currently fifth on the franchise's all-time reception list, behind Brett Perriman, Johnnie Morton, Herman Moore and Calvin Johnson. He needs 98 catches to pass Morton for third place on the list.