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Lions WR Golden Tate is bothered that his age is used against him via contract negotiations

Golden Tate

The 2018 NFL season will be a crucial one for Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate. The veteran is entering the final year of his contract under a new coaching staff.

Tate is not concerned about his ability to perform at a high level much like he has over the last several years. However, he admitted during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that questions about his age irk him when it comes to discussing his next contract:

“The only thing that really bothers me with this contract is that now people are trying to use 29 going 30 against me and I don’t think that’s fair because I haven’t shown any decline,” Tate said.

There is certainly plenty of truth to Tate’s comments. He has only gotten better with age ever since coming to Detroit prior to the 2014 NFL season. He is coming off yet another stellar campaign after hauling in 92 receptions for 1,003 yards and five touchdowns.

Unfortunately, his age has brought into question whether or not he deserves a lucrative contract offer. There are not many 30-year-old wideouts still performing at a high level and the Lions would be taking a leap of faith by assuming he can maintain his production.

However, there is good reason to believe that he can be an exception. Not only has he put up solid numbers but Tate has also played in every game possible since coming to Detroit. That said, his durability should be taken into consideration when discussing his new contract after the season.