2. The Golden Tate experiment fails.
Last year’s trade deadline saw a little excitement for Eagles fans. On October 30th, just one day before 2018’s version of Halloween, the Eagles traded a 2019 third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for one of their best players, wide receiver Golden Tate.
The Eagles fan base went bananas. Unfortunately, as the weeks went on, the excitement cooled, and it cooled very quickly.
To make long stories short, Tate only amounted to being a very expensive ten-game rental (that includes two playoff games) for ‘The Birds’. If you watched Philly’s divisional game versus the Chicago Bears, you heard Cris Collinsworth’s commentary after Tate would make a touchdown grab that put the Eagles ahead for good.
"So much for the conversation about was the trdae worth it. Golden Tate, elite quickness, the guy who forces more missed tackles than any receiver in football. Here, he uses that quickness, clutch catch, everything on the line. The trade is officially worth it."
Unfortunately, if you’re an Eagles fan, Tate’s clutch grab with 58 seconds left in their final win of the 2018-19 season wasn’t enough to force Philly to sign him to an extension.
His numbers weren’t awful. He would grab 37 catches for 342 yards and two touchdowns in both eight regular-season games (that includes two starts) and two postseason games, but if you’re Philly, you needed more. This one ranks as an all-time bad trade, not just because of a lack of production but because the Eagles really could have used that third-round choice in 2019’s draft.