Tate said as much during an interview with ClickOnDetroit.com. The 2014 Pro Bowl selection played for the Seattle Seahawks, alongside superstar Russell Wilson for four seasons. He joined the Detroit Lions in 2014, playing with Stafford.
“I think Stafford has been the best quarterback I’ve played with,” Tate said. “The guy can flat out play, he’s tough, and his attitude is amazing and he just wants to play ball. For me I have nothing but praises for him. It’s almost unfair he’s such a great player and doesn’t have a ring to show for it.”
Tate said maybe things would be different for Stafford if he played for another franchise, when it comes to playoff success.
“I’ve played with some guys over my years that I’ve won playoff games with that I don’t think are as good,” Tate said.
Stafford, 31, completed 66.1 percent of his throws for 3,777 yards, 21 scores and 11 interceptions in 16 starts last season. The 2014 Pro Bowl selection has an 88.4 career quarterback rating. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft also was rated as the No. 17 quarterback in the NFL in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Stafford is 0-3 in the playoffs during his 10-year career.
Wilson, 30, was the No. 6 quarterback in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The five-time Pro Bowl selection and 2014 Super Bowl champion. Wilson led the league in touchdown passes (34) in 2017. He threw for a career-best 35 scores in 2018. Wilson is also 8-5 in the playoffs during his decorated NFL career.
Wentz was the No. 14 quarterback in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He made the Pro Bowl in his second season and has a career quarterback rating of 92.5. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has not started a playoff game due to numerous injuries, but was an MVP candidate in 2017.
Tate had the only 1,000-yard seasons of his career (three times) during his tenure with the Lions.