3 Things to know about Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate
If you’re like every other Philadelphia Eagles fan on the planet, you’re probably doing everything you can to find as much information as you can on their new wide receiver, Golden Tate.
Well, they made a move after all. Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman pulled another one off in the final hours of the NFL‘s trade deadline. Carson Wentz has another go-to guy in the offense, and it’s former Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.
‘The Birds’ give up a third-round draft choice in 2019 as a result.
Here’s what we know.
Let’s not act as though we don’t know how this works. If you’re reading this, you’re, most likely, an Eagles fan. You knew about the trade a few minutes after it happened, didn’t you?
What you may not know is who this guy is. Here’s three things about Philly’s new standout wide receiver.
1. This may not be a long-term arrangement.
Tate, at the time of the trade, was in the final year of a five-year deal he signed in 2014 that was worth $31 million. He needs a new deal, and when he signs one, he’ll probably want that to be for a considerable amount of pocket change.
You already know the financial constraints Philly has, and you’ve probably heard about the lack of spending money. For a team that has to answer serious questions about what to do with Brandon Graham, Ronald Darby and Jay Ajayi, keeping Tate past this season won’t be easy.
2. When most said they wanted a ‘workhorse’, they didn’t think they were discussing a wide receiver.
Most Eagles fans were hoping Philly would land a running back, wide receiver or cornerback. Tate satisfies a huge need, and he has no problem having a huge workload tossed on his back. You’d think he’d be hard to miss at five-foot-ten inches and weighing less than 200 pounds, but he plays like a much bigger receiver.
In his first eight seasons, he’s eclipsed 90 catches four times, and that’s been done in each of his past four seasons.
3. Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t.
Tate is, again, on pace for another 90-reception, 1,000-yard season. So far, he’s racked up 44 receptions for 517 yards and three touchdowns, and he’s done it with a defensive-minded head coach, Matt Patricia.
That brings his career total to 581 yards on 858 targets, 6,936 yards and 37 touchdowns. The Eagles got a good one on October 30th. Whether he’s around past this season is still up in the air.