Philadelphia Eagles should reach out about trading for Golden Tate

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With the NFL trade deadline scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles should consider taking a shot at landing Golden Tate.

To say the Philadelphia Eagles could use another wide receiver on the roster before Tuesday’s trade deadline would be a huge understatement when looking at the inconsistency surrounding the position.

While Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor can be relied on for the most part each week, the Eagles have learned the hard way that other players like Jordan Matthews are too inconsistent to make the offense feel confident on a weekly basis.

Just look at this past weekend for Philadelphia during their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in which Matthews caught four passes for 93 yards, putting together his best outing to date since returning to the team back in September.

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However, when seeing how Matthews only had six catches leading up to Week 8, it shows why the Eagles have been exploring the possibility of bringing another receiver on board to put them in better shape for the second half of the regular season.

Hearing the reports about Philadelphia’s interest in Amari Cooper before he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round pick shows why a potential trade before the deadline for another wideout shouldn’t be ruled out. And even though Golden Tate sounds like a long shot at the moment, the Eagles should consider what it would take to land the Detroit Lions receiver if the team were to make him available.

While Tate’s name has already been thrown around in the possibility of the New England Patriots expressing interest in the wideout, it should also be noted that any move would seem questionable on the end of the Lions.

Without question, Tate has been one of Matthew Stafford‘s favorite targets over the last five seasons, and with Detroit still in the mix for the NFC North, it’s tough to imagine they would be willing to give up on arguably their top receiver.

Then again, when it comes to the NFL, there have been plenty of cases in which a deal is too good to be true, and when seeing how the Lions would still be able to rely on Kenny Golladay or Marvin Jones Jr. in the passing game, maybe Tate would become available.

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From Philadelphia’s perspective, just the thought of adding Tate to the mix of playing alongside Jeffery and Agholor would put a huge smile on Doug Pederson‘s face. Unrealistic or not, keep in mind the Eagles have pulled off plenty of surprise moves before, and no matter how much of a long shot Tate seems to be at the moment, anything is possible when it comes to the NFL trade deadline.