The Detroit Lions trade away Golden Tate

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

After months of speculation, it finally happened. Wide receiver Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.

Tate had been the subject of many rumors since the offseason. Not too long after the season started, we found out that there was talk of trading him for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski plus a first round pick. It didn’t happen so most probably forgot about it until the trade deadline got closer and closer. Then the rumor mill got going strong again.  Then today, the news broke that he was going to Philadelphia.

I must admit, I wasn’t a fan of the move right away.  I didn’t want to give up the YAC-King.  He had quickly become a favorite target of quarterback Matthew Stafford and a fan favorite.  Despite all that, I took some time to think it over.  (After I sulked for a good 5-10 minutes.)

Here it is: The Lions weren’t going to pay him what he was worth at the end of the season, which I get.  So, if they’re not going to pay him, why not at least get something in return for him?  Right?  Because something tells me, had the Lions kept Tate and he would have signed elsewhere as a free agent, the cries would have been “Why didn’t the Lions trade him when they could have gotten something for him?”  Much like when defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh left for the Dolphins.

Now, does that mean that the Lions are calling it quits on the season and their playoff hopes?  Perhaps. It also means that they’re starting to look to the future and build a team that is going to win.  It gives WRs Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. to have an opportunity to shine, especially with how Golladay has done the past few games.  Plus with an emerging running back in Kerryon Johnson, the offense could be in pretty good shape.

Good luck in Philadelphia Golden.  We will miss you here, but you have served us well, and have given us plenty of great memories!


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