Golden Tate, who is entering the fourth season of a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions, was asked over the weekend whether he thinks he's underpaid.
"Yep," Tate said quickly and succinctly.
Tate has caught at least 90 passes every year since signing with the Lions in 2014. During the past three seasons, Tate is No. 6 in the NFL in receptions with 280 and No. 10 in receiving yards with 3,221.
He's also the NFL's leader in yards after catch since 2014 with 1,831 yards and Pro Football Focus posted a statistic that he accounted for 73 missed tackles since 2014 -- also best in the among receivers. Tate tweeted that stat Thursday after Julian Edelman signed a two-year, $15 million extension.
"Just saw my buddy get extended and that's obviously the goal," Tate said. "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 will make $6 million in 2017.