Lions trade Golden Tate to Eagles

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Golden Tate is heading to Philadelphia.

Tate, the Lions wide receiver who is in the final year of his contract and has been the subject of trade speculation, was traded to the Eagles today. Tate confirmed on Twitter that he’s heading to Philadelphia.

The Lions are getting the Eagles’ third-round draft pick in the deal.

The 30-year-old Tate has 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season.

For the Lions, it’s an odd move considering they just traded for defensive tackle Damon Harrison last week. If the Lions think they’re contenders, it would seem odd that they’d trade Tate away. If the Lions think they’re out of contention and need to build for the future, why trade a draft pick for Harrison, an expensive veteran?

Regardless, the defending champion Eagles now add a playmaker for their playoff run. They’re all-in to try to repeat, and they hope Tate can help them get back to the Super Bowl.

124 responses to “Lions trade Golden Tate to Eagles

  1. Flash1287 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    Eh , one year dynasty
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    So winning SBLII is a bad thing?

  2. This makes no sense, but that’s the Lions for you. One week they make an awesome move getting Snacks for next to nothing, the next week they trade our dynamic slot receiver away for a draft pick and make it seem like they are pretty much giving up. Ugh.

  3. Seems a bit high pick for 30 year old but like Tate a lot as a player. Guessing they could not pry Devante Parker from Dolphins.

    Need to get some D now

  4. Alshon, Tate, Agholor is a great trio. And with Ertz on the field, who the heck do you cover? Howie going all in to get back to the dance. Love it.

  5. To answer your question, Michael David Smith – The Lions traded Tate because they knew they weren’t going to resign him for the price he wants. You might as well get a 3rd rounder for a guy you know won’t be here next year.

    Additionally, Harrison was traded for a 5th rounder, which is not a valuable pick. You mention Harrison having an “expensive” contract, but I think that is debatable. I, for example, thought the Harrison contract was rather friendly to the team.

  6. The haters of the Reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are out in force because they know this opens up the field for Wentz and the offense. This gives them space that had been gone with all the injuries at WR. It’s ok, this gives Tate time to assimilate before the Champs make their run. The Champs will see you chumps in the playoffs!

  7. sigbouncer says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm
    Wonder if they will try and swing a deal for Shady now? Tate and Shady would up their offense to elite.
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    Sounds like a radio show. Tate and Shady In The Morning

  8. As inept as my Packers are, they again totally whiffed missing out on this guy.

    Why can’t my Packers make good moves like the Eagles do? Heck, even the Browns do the right thing firing their coach and we keep Mikey.

  9. I sure hope that is not the case but if it is, it’s one year longer than half the teams in the NFL has experienced the past 20 years.

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    Flash1287 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    Eh , one year dynasty

  10. The problem is we would have gotten a compensatory pick (3rd?) if we lost Tate to free agency anyways. That’s what frustrating to me here.

    I am glad they kept Brandon Powell now though, so we have someone in the slot that can develop. And Golladay can continue to develop into a star!

  11. Lions aren’t giving up; this is actually an unusually smart move – they’re good at WR. Tate is gone after this year. 3rd round pick for him almost makes Jerry look wise. Almost.

  12. Lions were not going to resign Tate to a market value contract after the season. The selling rate was likely the comp pick they would get if they lost him (probably a third rounder). So I can see the logic from that perspective.

    However, I don’t get the mixed signals, as stated in the article. Are they in (Harrison trade) or out (Tate trade)? Although we as fans are not entitled to the answer, I’d like to know Quinn’s logic here.

  13. traded away a draft pick to get someone who can play and help going forward whos under contract thru 2020
    traded FOR a draft pick for a player whos NOT under contract next year and were gonna have trouble signing.
    makes perfect sense to me

  14. It pains me to say it as a Cowboys fan but that is a great move by the Philly front office. Tate isn’t in the elite category, but he is definitely in the top 15.

    Hey Jerry and Red J…see how proper negotiating works? They gave up a 3rd; you boys gave up a 1st for hands of stone.

  15. logicalvoicesays says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    So alone up here.

    In first place.

    ALL THE WAY UP HERE. ALONE.

    Watch desperate moves like this from little teams like Eagles.

    Pathetic. We won the division already. HTTR.
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    Thanks for this, typical of Redskins fans to claim victory after week 8. I’ll just hold onto this until the actual end of the regular season.

  16. TJ Jones will be decent in the slot. So will Brandon Powell. Lions will be fine. Eagles are way better off with Tate instead of Denaryious Thomas

  17. I’m thinking 9-7, but depending on how they fare in the 4 division games against Dallas and Washington, it could be enough to win the division, which they have to do. Possible 10-6 if they sweep the remaining division games. 9-7 won’t cut it as a wild card for them in the NFC this year. Losses to the Vikings and Panthers loom large….with games @Rams @Saints on the schedule. Heavy is the Crown….

  18. As a giant fan this is great to see that the iggles are beefing up on O ,,this just might make other teams in the NFC give a Kings Ransom for Odell !

  19. Odd move? No it’s not. Harrison is signed for 2 more years and a position thats very important in that defense. Tate meanwhile is on his final year at a position of strength already for Detroit. There was no way he was going to be brought back so why not get a 3rd rounder for him. Very Smart is what you should have said

  20. One and done! One year dynasty! I hate when opposing fans bring this stuff up. Gosh, I wish my team didn’t win the Super Bowl so they wouldn’t get called those names! It’s better to NOT win a Super Bowl for 20 to 30 years so that way we’d never be one and done. Darn it to heck Howie Roseman for doing such a good job! Now we’re a one year dynasty…..and I have a tear on my cheek. I hate you too Doug Peterson!!

  21. phillybilly 00 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    Flash1287 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    Eh , one year dynasty
    ——
    So winning SBLII is a bad thing

    Not at all it’s a great thing. But that was last season
    Right now they are just average 4-4
    You are what your record says you are.

  22. Golden Tate is a solid person and player. Philly is getting a gem. A smart move by Detroit too, though it’s sad to say as a Lions fan. There’s no way they pay Tate what he wants next year. And Stafford has proved he can spread the ball around to whomever. Remember this name: Brandon Powell, undrafted WR, Florida. He plays the exact same role as Tate and killed it in pre-season. Time will tell if he’s the real deal in the regular season.

  23. Sure…..sure….but does Golden have enough fun to appease Lane Johnson? Let’s ask Russell Wilson what he thinks….

  24. Tate once did the hibbity, dibbity with Russell Wilson’s lady and it got him shipped out of seattle.

  25. OH MY GOD, did I actually see a post from logicalvoicesays? You mean the chump came out of hiding to brag about his pathetic Skins? That’s just too precious…..you just keep that 1st place spot warm for us illogical, the SUPER BOWL CHAMPION EAGLES will be there to take it back from you soon enough!!

  26. If Eagles can’t re-sign him the true cost is difference between 2019 3rd and whatever compensatory pick they get in 2020. If they can re-sign him then presumably they move on from Agholor after this year. Nelly’s 5th year option was picked up at $9.4m but is not guaranteed. Provides options and arguably slides a pick back a year from a year when they already have a stack – can’t keep ‘em all on the 53, usually.

  27. @Dublin Demons says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Lions win this deal! a 3rd for and old guy!
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    An old guy that has 44 receptions, 500+ yards and 3TDs. He’s a rental for 8 games. Lions might win the deal, big picture is it helps Philly’s offense, probably more than Cooper helps Dallas.

  28. For all the amateur’s that post here, let me break this down. When, not if Tate walked from the Lions at the end of the year they would’ve received a comp pick 3rd or 4th round depending on what he signs for. The Eagles won’t resign Tate either and now they’ll receive the comp pick. They’ve borrowed Tate for nothing.

  29. darkneptune73 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    Good time too for the Vikings since they can just focus on containing Golliday
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    Yes, and the Lions can focus on Cuzzins, Theelan, and Digs

  30. Howie strikes again! Great value for a 3rd round pick! Welcome to the Philadelphia Eagles, Golden Tate!

  31. Any comp pick thr Lions might get for Tate would be affected by who they sign in FA this offseason, so a 3rd is not guranteed or even likely, and it would be a 2020 pick…so that isnt that big of a deal.

    Riddick is Tate Jr, and now has a lot less tondo as a running back with Kerryon being the lead dog, so he has the same skill set and can play slot, as well as seeing what Powell is all about

    This also frees up $4m in this years cap to mayyyyybe go get a CB, sonwe dont have to be Teezed any more…

  32. Michael Mullins says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Odd move? No it’s not. Harrison is signed for 2 more years and a position thats very important in that defense. Tate meanwhile is on his final year at a position of strength already for Detroit. There was no way he was going to be brought back so why not get a 3rd rounder for him. Very Smart is what you should have said

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    I would agree with you, but we would have got a compensatory pick (probably a 3rd rd) for him anyways if he would have left via free agency. It would be a year later in 2020, but I don’t think getting the pick a year later and a few spots later makes that big of a difference. WR is a position of strength for us, but Tate is a special player who could have helped us in a very wide open NFL North this season.

  33. patsies fans so ruined by the eagles super bowl win they troll every eagles post to get little pot shots in

  34. From Detroit’s perspective; you have guys that don’t get enough snaps who can now move up in the rotation. You get the third round pick back you gave up to get Kerryon Jonhson. And lastly, you remove a guy that was too much hotdog and not enough mustard (he’s also prone to the dropsies at the worst times).

    I wouldn’t say they’re waving the white flag on the season, I see it as an opportunity for the youngins to step up.

    I like the move, it’s not something we’ve seen around these parts. Two thumbs up.

  35. “So the Eagles get the third back as a comp pick when he leaves next year? Sounds brilliant!”

    Yeah, not quite brilliant.

    The Iggles MIGHT get a comp pick in 2020 depending on how the FA +/- formula flushes out.

  36. With Tate’s production, wouldn’t the Lions have received a 3rd round comp pick anyhow? Maybe they plan upon signing a boatload of free agents this off-season.

    Regardless, I’m glad my team has played the Eagles already and won’t have to play the Lions with Tate in the slot — he’s good and has always killed the Vikes.

  37. Flash1287 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    You are what your record says you are
    ___________________________
    Until Feb 2019, that’s defending super bowl champions.

  38. The Lions have a Patriots GM and a Patriots coach. They needed a big run stuffing NT for their move from a 4-3 to a 3-4/Hybrid defense, and Belichek disciples don’t spend big dollars or picks on WR’s, so the both moves fit the new regimes MO.

  39. I love all the people that don’t understand football. Tate isn’t coming here to score touchdowns. He’s here so they go 4 wide. Who y’all gonna double now? You gonna stick 8 in the box now?

    Tate is also going to give Carson another option over the middle with Ertz which means the ball gets out quicker.

    Haters are scared!

  40. sikoix says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Perfect timing. He usually kills the Vikings.
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    I’m not sure about that. Last year he had 3 catches for 29 yards in one game and 4 catches for 7 (!) yards in the other.

    In 10 career games against the Vikings, he has 50 catches for 422 yards and 4 TDs. His best game was 11-79-1.

  41. theyearofthecat1 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:47 pm
    Michael Mullins says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Odd move? No it’s not. Harrison is signed for 2 more years and a position thats very important in that defense. Tate meanwhile is on his final year at a position of strength already for Detroit. There was no way he was going to be brought back so why not get a 3rd rounder for him. Very Smart is what you should have said

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    I would agree with you, but we would have got a compensatory pick (probably a 3rd rd) for him anyways if he would have left via free agency. It would be a year later in 2020, but I don’t think getting the pick a year later and a few spots later makes that big of a difference. WR is a position of strength for us, but Tate is a special player who could have helped us in a very wide open NFL North this season.

    Except they have loads of Cap Space and the compensation pick or picks would tie into who you sign in Free Agency. Since the Lions traded Tate they have that pick no matter what instead of never getting it because they signed a couple decent players.

  42. In some ways this is great, in others it feels like the Eagles gave up too much. Tate is great at YAC, but he’s not really a guy who has great hands, certainly not enough to be worth a third round pick at his age. The only thing that makes me as a couch coach wary is the compensation-the Eagles already have a YAC guy in Nelson Agholor, and though Tate is a better overall at that than Agholor is, I don’t know if he’s worth a third rounder when the biggest problem for Philly is the uneven product at HB. Of course, we do not know who all was available and for what price, but I would have tried to nab a tight end on the open market to help Wentz. The Eagles were at their best when they had three reliable options at TE to play with-Ertz, Celek, and Burton. Two of those three are gone and the offense has suffered. I’m not sure if I wouldn’t have tried to give the Ravens a call considering that they have three young TEs who were all well regarded in the draft-Mark Andrews (Oklahoma), Maxx Williams (Minnesota), and Hayden Hurst (South Carolina). If I’m giving up a third rounder anyway, I might as well have tried for one.

  43. willkill4caffeine says:

    October 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    logicalvoicesays says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    So alone up here.

    In first place.

    ALL THE WAY UP HERE. ALONE.

    Watch desperate moves like this from little teams like Eagles.

    Pathetic. We won the division already. HTTR.

    Ba-ha-ha-ha!!!! Skins fans are so excited because their team won the first half of the season as division leader! I guess you have to find enjoyment in something, huh?

  44. A failed team making a failed move. Cant wait to see what player they blow this pick on. Guaranteed that player wont be on the team in three years. Sadly, this is what the lions do best, make loser moves…..sigh. Spare me the talk he was gone at the end of the year, get rid of the other bums on this team, aka Ansah.

  45. high price but worth it if it gets them another title or they re-sign him. one of the more underrated wrs in the league.

  46. 26predator says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    I wouldn’t say they’re waving the white flag on the season, I see it as an opportunity for the youngins to step up.

    I like the move, it’s not something we’ve seen around these parts. Two thumbs up.

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    I hope to share your positivity, 26predator.

  47. Michael Mullins says:
    October 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Except they have loads of Cap Space and the compensation pick or picks would tie into who you sign in Free Agency. Since the Lions traded Tate they have that pick no matter what instead of never getting it because they signed a couple decent players.

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    Good point. At least we are getting a guaranteed pick.

  48. Eagles fans … he’s a solid possession receiver and is great for yards after the catch. Crossing routes over the middle is where you’ll see him kill opponents.

    I have zero clue why the Lions did this. Tate was one of their best weapons and also helped other receivers get open. I’m of the belief that Martha Ford should can Bob Quinn and Matt (alleged rapist) Patricia. Quinn’s personnel decisions are making less and less sense. Patricia is not a mental or emotional genius and should never have been hired.

  49. weaselpuppy says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Riddick is Tate Jr …
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    That statement is just plain laughable on every level. Riddick probably won’t be a Lion next year and may not be in the NFL at all in 2 years.

  50. Youknowimright says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    Tate once did the hibbity, dibbity with Russell Wilson’s lady and it got him shipped out of seattle.

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    Yeah but Golden was just having fun!

  51. NHPats says:
    October 30, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Youknowimright says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    Tate once did the hibbity, dibbity with Russell Wilson’s lady and it got him shipped out of seattle.

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    Yeah but Golden was just having fun!

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    Salty NE tears are the best!

  52. The idiot team that benched a perfectly good Superbowl MVP QB!!! Congrats pompous dummies!!!

  53. This is a good pick up for philthy but they did pay a heavy price for Tate. Smart of Detroit to secure a 3rd round pick that they would not have received as compensation for him leaving in fa. As a 30+ year old reciever, Tate will not demand (or receive), a multi-year year deal this offseason.

  54. 4 2 Rate This
    eaglesmaina says:
    October 30, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    I love all the people that don’t understand football. Tate isn’t coming here to score touchdowns. He’s here so they go 4 wide. Who y’all gonna double now? You gonna stick 8 in the box now?

    Tate is also going to give Carson another option over the middle with Ertz which means the ball gets out quicker.

    Haters are scared!

    Yeah little guy every one is scared of a 4-4 team

    AVERAGE…..

  55. If Lions had just held on to Tate through the end of the season and Tate left through free agency Lions would receive a 3rd ROUND compensatory pick. Bob Quinn is an idiot.

  56. The Truth says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    patsies fans so ruined by the eagles super bowl win they troll every eagles post to get little pot shots in

    —-

    Just like you on every Patriots article

    Fraud

  57. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    Dude couldn’t make the Soul
    __________

    “Dude” had 1000+ receiving yards 3 of the past 4 years and is on track to do it again this year.
    Stop embarrassing yourself. SMH

  58. sportoficionado says:
    October 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    This is a good pick up for philthy but they did pay a heavy price for Tate. Smart of Detroit to secure a 3rd round pick that they would not have received as compensation for him leaving in fa. As a 30+ year old reciever, Tate will not demand (or receive), a multi-year year deal this offseason.
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    If the Eagles don’t sign after the season, he’s projected to be worth a 3rd or 4th round compensatory pick.
    Not too bad.

  59. All of these hateful comments are funny. You have a dolphins fan talking crazy than you have a week so saying 8-8. The eagles were winning no less than 9 Games before this trade. This trade makes them legit enough to go on a run the tables ending.

  60. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    As a giant fan this is great to see that the iggles are beefing up on O ,,this just might make other teams in the NFC give a Kings Ransom for Odell !
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    You wish. That nut job is yours to keep. Maybe he’ll invite you to the wedding when he marries the kicking net.

  61. This says more about what they think of Nelson agohlor …..he’s gone next yr and Tate is the slight upgrade….bettered the team but not by tons…..still needed secondary help….they wanted someone they can get the ball out to quickly instead of improving the o line via trade…Tate gets open quicker than nelson.

  62. Great move by the eagles…i mean if you don’t need an oline. They are desemated. Poor Wentz is bound to het hurt again. Get ready Nick Foles with that RPO college mess.

  63. Tater-head sent down the road again. Wonder if its the same thing again? Messing with other players wives. Hope that wasn’t the case this time.

  64. What’s not to understand for the Lions?

    They traded Tate for a draft pick because Tate is 9 games away from being a free agent with 0% chance of resigning with Detroit. They swapped 9 games of Tate for the full contract of a 3rd round pick!

    They traded for Snacks Harrison to play NT for the rest of this season + 2 more, at a very reasonable rate for a top-5 NT. They swapped a 5th round pick for 2 and a half seasons of top-shelf nose tackle (their biggest need).

    Now, regardless of how this season turns out, the team has plugged its biggest hole for the next two years, acquired a midround pick to add more young talent on defense, and all it cost us was 9 games of our 3rd best receiver and a 5th round pick?

    IMO people are bagging on the Lions because they always hate what the Lions do. I bet the same people complaining about trading Tate for a 3rd would also complain if we traded a 3rd to get a guy just like Tate. There’s just no pleasing stupid people.

  65. Baffling. Are the Lions giving up on the season? Just who is going to replace his production? Hard to savvy.

  66. logicalvoicesays says:

    So alone up here.

    In first place.

    ALL THE WAY UP HERE. ALONE.

    Watch desperate moves like this from little teams like Eagles.

    Pathetic. We won the division already. HTTR.
    —————————————————————–
    If you beat the Eagles , then Redskin nation can come out of hibernation. Until then you are 1 game up with 2 head to head games with the Eagles on the schedule.
    I Wouldn’t be puffing out my chest just yet. Did you actually watch the Redskins struggle against the lifeless Giants last week.

  67. Thanks you Lions, not that anyone in MN was worried about next Sunday’s game, but trading your best WR prior to Sunday’s game is a pleasant surprise, especially given how banged up the Vikings secondary is. I guess it’s better than getting nothing for him.

    It’s also curious why the Eagles are making trades given they clearly overachieved last year and have not shot at the big boys in the NFC.

  68. this trade has NE written all over it;

    NE have been known for trading stars approaching their 30s and/or in line for a megabuck new contract on the open market, piling up middle round draft choices they can either cash in on draft day to sneak up and pick somebody who slid down the board in the top two rounds, or picking up undiscovered nuggets in the mid rounds who won’t require a big payout and bewildering offsets and such (hello, Babytron);

    the process is self-generating and almost foolproof in this age of salary cap mediocrity;

  69. There’s no guarantee of a compensatory 3rd round pick, and the best it could be would be pick 33 in the third round. NFL rules say that compensatory picks start after all of the regular 3rd round picks are done. So the worst this could be now is if the Eagles repeat as Super Bowl champs (that usually means they pick last in the round, but not always). So if they don’t make the Super Bowl, the pick gets better; if they don’t make the playoffs, the pick could be #20 or higher, depending. That’s a locked in position, not subject to how the NFL sets up compensatory picks. From that perspective, it’s a good move for the Lions.

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