Golden Tate made a not-so-subtle statement via Twitter on Friday, stating he hopes to be one of the next receivers to land a contract extension after the New England Patriots paid up for Julian Edelman.

The Detroit Lions receiver followed up on his comments at a charity softball game Saturday, giving a very simple answer to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein when asked if he believes he’s underpaid.

“Yep,” Tate said.

Tate did clarify that – with two years left on his current contract that pays him an average of $6.2 million – he’s not threatening to hold out. He just wants his team to be ready when that deal expires.

“Just saw my buddy get extended and that’s obviously the goal,” Tate said, referring to Edelman’s extension. “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 has registered at least 90 catches in his each of his first three seasons with Detroit, twice surpassing 1,000 yards. The 28-year-old wants to increase his salary, but has little intention of bolting from the Lions.

“I would love to stay here as long as you guys want me here,” Tate said. “Like I said, I’m having fun. We’re starting to win games and that’s important.

“(General manager) Bob Quinn and (team president) Rod Wood and (head coach Jim) Caldwell and (offensive coordinator) Jim Bob (Cooter) want me around, I’ll stay around as long as they’ll have me.”

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