Tate was in the final season of his five-year deal in Detroit. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions did not think they could pay him in the offseason, so they sold high.
Tate leaves Detroit as the team's leading receiver on the season with 517 yards and three touchdowns on 44 receptions to this name. The veteran wideout saw 26.6 percent of the Lions' targets in 2018. But Tate was the odd man out going forward in a three-man receiving corps that also featured Marvin Jones, who has two years left on his deal, and young up-and-comer Kenny Golladay.
"For more than four years Golden displayed an unwavering commitment to not only his coaches and teammates, but also the City of Detroit," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said in a statement. "The impact he made on and off the field set an example for our team and serves as a testament to his character. We wish Golden and his family the very best in the next step of his career."
Instead, Philly has paid a pretty penny for Tate to add to its thin receiving corps. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor spearhead the pass-catchers, with free-agent acquisition Jordan Matthews, Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter rounding the unit. The Eagles have been looking for a third option ever since Mike Wallace suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 2. Now they have one in Tate, who will likely split time in the slot with Agholor.
Given his expiring contract, Tate will be a one-year rental in Philly. But that the 4-4 Eagles would give up a valuable third-round pick for eight regular-season games' worth of a 30-year-old receiver signals that the team is serious about seizing the NFC East lead back from the 5-2 Redskins, one-upping the contending Cowboys after they acquired a wideout of their own in Amari Cooper, getting back to the postseason and defending their Super Bowl title.