The Eagles became the second NFC East team in the last eight days to acquire a talented wide receiver, making a late splash on Tuesday's NFL trade deadline day.
A little more than a week after the Cowboys sent a first-rounder to the Raiders for Amari Cooper, the Eagles gave the Lions a third-round selection in exchange for Golden Tate. The deal came down a few hours before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.
The 30-year-old wideout is in the middle of yet another productive campaign. In seven games for the Lions, he caught 44 balls, averaged 11.8 yards per catch and scored three times.
Furthermore, Tate hasn't finished a season with fewer than 90 catches since 2013. He's a very tough cover in the slot and has long been one of the NFL's premier run-after-catch players.
Heading into Week 9, the Eagles sit a game and a half behind the division-leading Redskins. Assuming Tate can acquit himself well with Carson Wentz and his new squad's offense, he makes the Eagles offense more dynamic almost immediately.
Philadelphia and Washington haven't played yet, either, meaning Jay Gruden's team will have to face the strengthened defending champs twice. Both of those matchups come in December, with the first happening in Week 13 and the second in the finale.
For burgundy and gold supporters wondering why their favorite franchise didn't go after Tate, look to Jay Gruden's comments on the Redskins Talk podcast. The head coach told JP Finlay that the impending return of Jamison Crowder and Trey Quinn makes the idea of picking up another threat less realistic.
"With the roster the way it is and some of the injuries that are kind of lingering it’s just going to be hard to add another body," Gruden said.
"I like the team we have," he added. "I really don’t think we need any changes right now."
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