SideLion Report explores two players with the potential distinction as the most overrated and underrated additions to the Detroit Lions from this offseason.
Most Overrated – Golden Tate (WR)
The Lions signed Golden Tate early in free agency to infuse much-needed talent into the wide receiver position. Tate, coming off an 800+ yard season with the Seahawks, signed a contract with the Lions for roughly $5 million a year. Having a standout number two receiver who will exploit single coverage is the key to the Lions making the playoffs this season, right?
But wait a minute – if you feel like you’ve seen this movie before, it’s because you have. Flash back to 2010 when the Lions signed a promising wide receiver from the Seahawks, coming off an 800+ yard season for $5 million a year to be the answer to their receiving woes. Unfortunately, that’s not how the storyline played out.
That receiver, Nate Burleson, averaged 520 yards per season for the Lions before being let go this year. I’m not saying Tate will be resigned to the same fate as Burleson, but perhaps fans shouldn’t put all their eggs in this basket. Tate will have to prove he can both stay healthy and develop a rapport with Stafford if he’s to realize the expectations of the franchise.