Golden Tate is now an Eagle following a deadline deal that sent him from Detroit to Philadelphia, but it’s possible that the veteran receiver only spends eight games with the Birds. Tate, of course, is a free agent at season’s end, and he and his agent intend to use Jarvis Landry‘s five-year, $75.5MM deal with the Browns as a basis for his next contract, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).
There are certainly valid reasons to make the comparison between Tate and Landry, and the two have extremely similar statistics since the latter entered the league in 2014. Over the past four-plus seasons, Tate holds the edge in overall yardage while Landry takes the cake in receptions and touchdowns. However, Tate is more than four years older than Landry, so it could be difficult to persuade clubs to hand the new Eagles pass-catcher a $15MM annual commitment.
One factor working in Tate’s favor is the 2019 free agent receiver class. It’s not difficult to argue that Tate will be the best wideout available next spring, as other options that should be available include John Brown, Devin Funchess, Randall Cobb, Jamison Crowder, and Cole Beasley. Tate should be more attractive than any of those pass-catchers, so it’s not inconceivable that he comes away with an unexpectedly large contract.
Philadelphia has shown a willingness to extend recently-acquired players (see: Alshon Jeffery in 2017), but if the Eagles aren’t able to retain Tate, they’ll surely hope the 30-year-old lands a generous deal on the open market. A hefty pact would give Philadelphia at reaping a 2020 compensatory pick in exchange for losing Tate, which would help offset the 2019 third-rounder the Eagles shipped to the Lions.
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