Lions Trade WR Golden Tate To Eagles

Golden Tate is Philly-bound. The Lions wide receiver broke the news of his own trade via Twitter

It’s been real DETROIT! I’ll love ya forever. Philly Philly let’s get it!!,” Tate tweeted.

The Eagles will send a third-round pick to the Lions in exchange for the 30-year-old. Tate is in the final year of his contract and profiles as a rental for the free-spending defending champs, but GM Howie Roseman has no qualms about making aggressive moves near the trade deadline.

In seven games this year, Tate has 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns. He’s on pace for numbers that are similar to his 2016 and 2017 stat lines, but the Lions couldn’t resist the offer of a high draft pick for the veteran. By moving Tate, they’ll open up more opportunities for the younger Kenny Golladay while also getting Marvin Jones more involved in the passing game.

With a 4-4 record, the Eagles felt compelled to upgrade the roster. It could be argued that wide receiver should not have been the Eagles’ top priority this week, but no one can argue with the club’s talent at the position after the trade. Alshon Jeffery is back in action, Jordan Matthews is contributing, Mike Wallace could be nearing a late-season return, and Tate is now in the fold to put them over the top.

Nicknamed “Showtime,” Tate is known for his tenacity and ability to eek out tough yards after drawing initial contact. He also offers the ability to play on the outside or the inside. This year, 25 of his 44 catches came from the slot.

If the trade works out as well as last year’s Jay Ajayi swap, then Roseman will be happy. Ajayi, acquired from the Dolphins for a fourth-round pick, led the Eagles in rushing yards in the playoffs on the way to the Super Bowl.

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22 comments on “Lions Trade WR Golden Tate To Eagles

  1. acarneglia

    This is the type of pick up the Eagles needed. Now they need to address the running game

  2. Michael Chaney

    Golden Tate is a really solid player and anyone could win the NFC East, but I still feel like a third rounder is an overpay for a rental.

    Of course, those same reasons are why it makes sense for the Eagles to do this.

    • CursedRangers

      Cowboys sending a first round pick for Cooper is looking worse and worse by the hour today…

      • Michael Chaney

        Agreed. The Cowboys can try to justify it by saying that Cooper is younger and still could have some upside, but right now I don’t think he’s any better than Tate or Thomas.

        • redbeard87

          Except that youth does matter. Unlike your short-sighted eagles, the cowboys are looking at more than the next 8 weeks

      • The Cowboys overpaid, but how do the Tate and Thomas deals make it look worse? The Eagles just gave up a third round pick for a good-not-great 30-year-old with 8 games left on his contract.

        Demaryius Thomas is a 31-year old due $22.5M dollars between this year and next in base salary alone who has as few yards per game this season as Cooper.

        If anything, these trades show the price is high for WRs this year and this deal specifically shows the Eagles were definitely willing to give up good draft capital, meaning the Cowboys had to give up a first to get their man.

  3. rkmarx

    3rd rounder seems high. I was hoping the Pats would get him, but that’s too much to pay for a rental. Smart move to stay away. I do hope they bolster their D, though.

  4. Jkolti

    Well, I commented yesterday saying I hoped Tate got traded so golladay would get me more fantasy points, but I traded golladay this morning, so I’m upset now.

  5. Kwflanne

    Well this destroys golden Tate in fantasy relevance…. soooooo damn it. Jeffery, Tate, and Ertz owners are gonna take a bit of a hit here.

    As for the football aspect, great move for a great slot receiver.

    • braves1088

      No way Ertz takes a hit. Tate just absorbs Agholor, Matthews, and Goedert’s targets.

  6. Last week the Lions are buyers picking up “Snacks”, this week sellers. Tate has been a solid performer in his time in Detroit. I wouldn’t mind seeing him return during free agency.

    • Michael Chaney

      I don’t think trading Tate makes them sellers, I think they just saw it as a chance to get a valuable draft pick while giving Golladay more targets

      • redbeard87

        Selling one of their best players doesn’t make them sellers? And I suppose the teams adding players aren’t buyers by your “logic”

  7. Thronson5

    He will be a great WR for that team. Great pick up, always been a fan of this guy

  8. davidkaner

    A 3rd rounder to get back to the Super Bowl is minuscule. Pats probably offered a 4th rounder & Quinn said the price is a 3rd rounder. It’s not an overpay and he will be awesome in that offense. He catches everything & you will have a chance to resign him so he’s not a rental. If he signs elsewhere and you don’t sign a FA, you can get a compensation pick in the 4th round. Since you have cap issues, you will probably not sign him but get a pick back so now is it worth it? Yes! You will end up moving down 1 round for a solid clutch WR with YAC up the ass! Detroit Lions Fan

  9. Z-A

    Suprising they did not deal Matthew’s for like a 7th. Agholor moves back to slot instantly.

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