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Golden Opportunity

Posted by Eric Fisher On October 30

Howie Roseman did it again.

Just as the Eagles’ executive vice president of football operations did last season when he acquired running back Jay Ajayi, he acquired another piece for the offense at Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, picking up receiver Golden Tate from the Lions for a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Tate, 30, has 44 receptions for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season. He is better than every Eagles receiver except Alshon Jeffery, so he should help them immediately.

“We know it wasn’t a cheap price to pay,” Roseman said, “but we’re trying to win games, not win the deal.”

The Eagles’ have two second-round picks in next year’s draft, which should alleviate some of the impact of trading away a third-round pick. They are projected to have 11 picks in next year’s draft.

Tate, who can play outside or in the slot, adds versatility to the Eagles offense. His acquisition also delivers an important message regarding the Eagles, who enter their bye week at a middling 4-4.

“We’re going to keep our foot on the gas,” Roseman said. “That’s our message to our fans. That’s our message to our organization,” Roseman said. “We’re not going to sit on our hands.”

This was Tate’s fifth season with the Lions after four years with the Seahawks. He has only missed one game since his rookie season and has at least 90 receptions in each of his four full seasons with the Lions.

“This guy is a heckuva player,” Roseman said. “I think our fans are going to be real excited to see him in Eagles green.”


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