Philadelphia Eagles had a legitimate reason for concern after a sub-par and injury-filled start of the season. The 2018 Super Bowl winners finished last year regular season with 13 wins and three losses. This year they already lost four games and are standing at the middle of the NFC with a 4-4 record.
That was enough for Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman to pull the trigger on a trade. Philadelphia landed Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Golden Tate, in exchange to their 2019 third round pick.
Roseman’s statement indicates that Philly is clearly in the win-now mode, as they are trying to make the team as good as possible for another extended postseason run. Here is what he said via the Eagles’ official website:
‘’The message to our fans, to our players, to our coaches, to everyone in this organization is that our foot is always going to be on the gas. We’re always trying to win, we’re always going to try to put our best foot forward, and what we can do now is try to do that with this season and this moment, and that’s what we’re going to do. That’s our responsibility.’’
Roseman is no stranger to aggressive mid-season moves. Last season, the Eagles added running back Jay Ajayi, which proved to be an excellent move that has helped bring the first-ever Super Bowl parade to the streets of Philadephia.
Tate will be a reliable addition to the Eagles’ receiver unit, which was weakened with the season-ending injury of Mike Wallace.
“He fits what we do offensively, fits what we do from a character perspective. I can’t wait to get him in here and for everyone in Philly to see what we’re getting.” – Roseman about Golden Tate
Tate will provide relief for the quarterback Carson Wentz, who now has another dependable target to make completions and move the chains, along with Alshon Jeffrey. It will also free up Nelson Angholor‘s game, who will be able to operate in the mid-range more, and Tate can also serve as a runner on short screens.
The price for Tate’s services is not insignificant, because history has proved that many great players can be found in the third round of the draft. However, Philadephia can still count on two second round picks next year.
This trade was undoubtedly a big move for the Eagles, as they choose to pick a proven player against potential future success. A question is will this trade put them over the top, especially with the dominant play of the Washington Redskins, who are their biggest threat to come out of the NFC.
They are definitely a better football team with Golden Tate on the roster, and that should put a smile on Eagles fans faces, at least for now.
Lovre is a huge NBA fan and loves writing about various things happening in the league. A former Economics and Business grad, Lovre brings his passion for numbers into the sports world.