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Former Eagles WR Golden Tate signs with Giants

Former Eagles WR Golden Tate signs with Giants

We all realized Golden Tate wasn’t going to be back with the Eagles in 2019, but he isn’t going far. 

The former Eagles receiver has agreed to a four-year contract with the New York Giants, who just shipped Odell Beckham Jr. out of town. The Eagles will see Tate twice next season. 

Tate will help the Giants, but he isn’t OBJ and he got a pretty significant contract. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tate’s deal is worth $37.5 million and $23 million guaranteed. Not a bad deal for a 30-year-old slot receiver whose production dipped in 2018. But it is good news for the Eagles, who should get back a nice compensatory pick in 2020 because of this contract, barring future signings. That will lessen the blow of giving up a draft pick to acquire Tate. 

The Eagles acquired Tate in the middle of the 2018 season for a third-round pick, but never really figured out how to use him. In eight regular season games with the Eagles, Tate averaged just 3.75 catches and 34.75 yards per game. He did have the game-winning touchdown in the playoff game against the Bears. 

Once the Eagles traded for DeSean Jackson and decided to bring back Nelson Agholor on his $9.4 million salary, there was no chance they were going to re-sign Tate, who seemed like he wanted to return. As it is, the Eagles will likely head into the 2019 season with Alshon Jeffery, Jackson and Agholor, which is a really formidable group of receivers. 

While Tate wasn’t very productive in Philly, he did go over 1,000 yards in three of his previous four seasons in Detroit. It seems like the Giants paid him expecting that kind of production. 

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Source: Eagles moving on from linebacker Nigel Bradham

Source: Eagles moving on from linebacker Nigel Bradham

It appears the Eagles are moving on from veteran linebacker Nigel Bradham. 

Bradham, 30, has been with the Eagles since 2016 but it seemed highly unlikely he would be back in 2020, at least under his current contract. 

The Eagles have declined his option, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN first reported the move. 

This move will save the Eagles around $4.5 million in cap space for the upcoming season. Bradham had a team option on his current contract that would have paid him an $8 million base salary in 2020. Bradham is now a free agent.  

There’s a possibility Bradham could return on a cheaper deal but he’ll obviously want to test the free agent market first, a source said. 

At the end of the 2019 season, I spoke to Bradham about his desire to return to Philly and he expressed that he wouldn’t rule out a possible pay cut. 

“It depends on what’s right,” Bradham said in January. “Obviously, I feel like I’m going into a good situation. I just take it from there. I don’t really have a say on what should be done or what should not be done.”

But the Eagles want to get younger and paying an aging linebacker just isn’t their style. 

While Bradham never grew into a Pro Bowl player in Philly, he was a consistent player at linebacker and perhaps knows Jim Schwartz’s defense better than anybody, having played in it in 2014 in Buffalo and then from 2016-19 with the Eagles. That knowledge of the defense allowed the Eagles to use him at several different positions. 

Bradham was a key member of the Super Bowl team but the Eagles can’t keep players for sentimental reasons. 

And during his years with the Eagles, he’s also had his fair share of off-the-field incidents. But his production on the field has helped the Eagles tolerate those incidents. Since his arrival, Bradham leads the team in combined tackles with 348. He also has 21 TFLs, five sacks and 11 QB hits.

But now, for another year, the Eagles are again light at linebacker. They still have Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton under contract but that likely won’t be enough. They will likely need to reconstruct the position again this offseason. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Nigel Bradham’s option declined

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Eagle Eye podcast: Nigel Bradham’s option declined

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to the Nigel Bradham news. 

The guys try to figure if it would make sense for the Eagles to trade for Darius Slay. 

Exploring Howie Roseman’s hit rate on Day 1 and Day 2 aside from two specific positions. Ranking every one of Howie’s draft picks by round. 

• Moving on from Nigel Bradham 
• Would you trade for Darius Slay?
• Never rule out a trade with Howie 
• Top of the draft hit rate 
• Rankings Roseman’s draft picks by round
• Dave is back from Argentina 

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