According to Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions have shipped off WR Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a reported 2019 third-round pick.
With Tate in the final year of his contract, it seemed unlikely he would return next season. The free agent price tag would be pretty steep for an aging slot receiver — especially when the Lions have two other solid wideouts. Neither can do what Tate could bring to the table though.
The move immediately hurts the Lions but should give Detroit an opportunity at a decent draft pick at a much cheaper price. This will also give the Lions a 2019 third-round selection once again as they traded their original third rounder to move up and grab DT Da’Shawn Hand in this year’s draft.
Tate was the fastest Lions player in history to reach 400 receptions with the franchise. He also has the most yards after the catch in the entire NFL since coming to Detroit in 2014. Make no mistake, he was a huge piece to the team. His swagger and YAC-ability will be missed, but the trade was made with the future in mind.