The Detroit Lions have decided to trade Wide Receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles, in exchange for a 3rd-round pick, according to multiple sources. This comes as a surprise, as the Lions are still in playoff contention in a very close NFC North division. Tate started off the year on fire, but his production has slowed down in recent weeks. He has 44 catches for 517 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2018, and he posted 90 catches in every year with the Lions and over 1,000 yards three times.
While this trade does hurt the Lions offense, this trade doesn't kill their passing game. Marvin Jones Jr. is still a prime option for Matthew Stafford, who is still a reliable quarterback. If this trade helps anyone, it's Kenny Golladay, who should see more opportunities as the number two wide-out for Stafford. While most of the running backs are mediocre, Kerryon Johnson has shined in recent weeks and if he continues to develop, the Lions will have a fierce running attack. As for the Eagles, they sit at a disappointing 4-4, but a crucial win against Jacksonville gives them lots of momentum into the bye week, and the addition of Tate will certainly give Carson Wentz another reliable target. Tate joins Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz in Philly's receiving core, and he should be acclimated to the Eagles' playbook once the bye week comes and goes. This trade gives Tate, a well-known fierce competitor with a Super Bowl ring to his name, a true shot at the playoffs and gives the Eagles even more momentum for after their bye week. The Redskins currently lead the division but haven't played the Eagles yet, so if Philadelphia can keep their momentum going, they should be able to surpass Washington in the standings and return to the playoffs in their quest to repeat.