Golden Tate (DET)
Five-year contract worth $31 million. Tate received an $8 million signing bonus with the contract and has his entire 2014 and $1 million of his 2015 base salary fully guaranteed. If Tate is on the roster on the 3rd day of the 2015 league year his 2015 salary will become fully guaranteed. Base salaries of the contract are $1,500,000(2014), $3,750,000(2015), $4,750,000(2016), $6,000,000(2017), and $7,000,000(2018).
Tate is the beneficiary of signing a deal with a team in a poor cap situation. Because the Lions are cap-strapped in the present, they were forced to prorate Tate’s $8 million signing bonus over the course of the deal. Detroit would save only $1,550,000 by cutting Tate before the start of the 2016 league year, meaning he’ll almost certainly earn at least $18 million from Detroit.
Many people thought that 2013 would be a breakout season for Golden Tate. When his stat line didn’t live up to their expectations, some people began to wonder if he would ever take that next step. 2013 was more of the same for Tate as the season before–or in other words great advanced metrics and questionable usage. The Seahawks used him rigidly as on outside receiver only. Tate has already said that the Lions plan to use him differently, utilizing him all of the formation including the slot. This is great news for Tate, because his skill-set projects best in space where he can put his after the catch ability on display. In the last four seasons Tate has forced 21 missed tackles after the catch. The Lions got a reliable receiver—with just seven drops in four seasons, who can work underneath and take attention away from Calvin Johnson.