It isn’t an exact science.
Say what you want to say about Howie Roseman. He knows what he’s doing. Now, that will rub some of you the wrong way, but he does. When he signed Mike Wallace in 2018, it wasn’t a bad move. Haloti Ngata was a bad idea, but Wallace wasn’t. The guy just got hurt. Trading a 2019 third-round draft choice to the Detroit Lions for Golden Tate wasn’t a bad idea either.
Philly needed to fill some holes in the roster, and Howie went out and got a guy to do that.
Tate helped the Eagles down the stretch, and he helped them win that playoff game in 2019 versus the Chicago Bears. They just didn’t have the resources to extend him past that season. Prior to that, in 2018’s draft, Philly took Dallas Goedert, Avonte Maddox, Josh Sweat, and Matt Pryor. Those aren’t bad draft choices. We’ve all seen that they have some ability.
Then, there are the other guys. Ronald Darby wasn’t a bad signing prior to 2019. That year’s free-agent class was weak at cornerback. It’s hard to see this now, but when he was re-signed by Philly, he was seen as the best of the bunch. Everyone knew that regardless of who took him, they’d need to give him a one-year deal and that he would be a risk.
That was all based on his injury history and recent performance. Howie took that risk, as he should have. His team needed him to. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Hindsight is always seen in 20-20 vision, but the results of that one or the Tate move aren’t indicative of the job Howie Roseman is doing.