Tate, who is in the final year of his contract, had been the subject of trade rumors for several weeks leading up to Tuesday’s deadline. After the first domino fell in the form of Demaryius Thomas’s trade to the Houston Texans, the Philadelphia Eagles quickly followed suit by acquiring Tate in exchange for a third round selection.
Tate himself was the first to confirm the move on Twitter:
It’s been real DETROIT! I’ll love ya forever. Philly Philly let’s get it!!— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) October 30, 2018
Before Philadelphia did so themselves:
The acquisition of Tate is a tremendous, win-now move from the reigning Super Bowl champions in a wide-open NFC East. The Eagles and Wentz have suffered without a vertical threat in 2018, but Tate’s arrival will free up both Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery to be pushed downfield more often.
Though the Lions remain in the wildcard hunt in theory, moving Tate mid-season seems to indicate they are aware they are not close to competing—despite acquiring Damon Harrison just last week.