Many Philadelphia Eagles fans expected Howie Roseman to make some sort of deal before Tuesday’s trade deadline. His latest move sent a message to the league and fans alike: we’re here to win another Super Bowl. With two 2nd-round picks in next year’s draft, Philly sent a 3rd-round draft pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for wide receiver Golden Tate.
Tate is in the last year of his five-year, $31 million deal signed in 2014. The Eagles can handle his $3.7 million cap hit this season, but the 30-year old receiver could simply be a rental for 2018. However if his production and chemistry with the team evolves over the year and results in success for the team, he may take a pay-cut to stay in Philly. That all depends on how this team finishes out the season.
Golden Tate (5-10, 197 pounds) was drafted 60th overall in the 2nd-round by the Seattle Seahawks before signing his deal with Detroit. Tate might be best known for the “Fail Mary catch”, but since entering the league in 2010 he has the most yards after catch in the league (3,910). He also had led the league in yards after catch in 3 of the 4 full seasons (2,736). Watching the Eagles mostly heavy 12 personnel on offense, it’s clear they need a speedy playmaker that can take it to the house on seemingly any play. Tate is that guy.
The Notre Dame product can thrive in the slot as well as on the outside. His crisp route-running combined with open field elusiveness make him a valuable weapon in Doug Pederson’s offense. Being able to motion Tate and Nelson Agholor in to the slot or out wide, as well as mix in tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert should give defensive coordinator’s matchup nightmares. Oh and there is Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz‘ escapability to worry about.
Personally, I love this trade. A 3rd-round pick is a hefty price for a 30-year old receiver who might as well be a rental. The compensatory part is not great but the Eagles get a 3rd or 4th round pick in 2020 if Tate does not re-sign in 2019. But the dynamic playmaking ability that Golden Tate should inject into this otherwise flat offense is going to be felt immediately. Besides that, the 3rd-round pick could end up being a “rental” as well if whoever is drafted there turns out to be a bust. With two picks already on Day Two of the 2019 NFL Draft, why not go all in on a big time name at the trade deadline?
Tate is going to be exciting to watch in Doug Pederson’s offense, especially with Pederson being an Andy Reid disciple (see Tyreek Hill). His Twitter/Instagram handle does his play justice on the field as the now former Lions receiver is truly “Showtime Tate”.
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