Eagles GM Howie Roseman still feels ‘very good’ about the Golden Tate trade
The Philadelphia Eagles made a splash when they acquired wide receiver Golden Tate Tate during the 2018 NFL season. It seems general manager Howie Roseman is looking to keep him around for the long haul.
Tate will become a free agent this offseason. According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Roseman is confident about their ability to sign him to a long-term deal.
“No question. When we made the trade, we were 4-4. We were looking for a spark,” Roseman said. “We were looking for more firepower on offense. When you talk about Golden, here is a guy who has incredible character, incredible production, can really fit any scheme. Everyone in this building was incredibly excited about adding him to our football team. We knew the price to pay. … We look back at our process, and I feel very good about our process. We’re going to be aggressive, and when we are swinging and we’re going to be aggressive, we feel like we’re going to be right a lot more than wrong. In this case, feel very good about that. And you saw the contributions that he made in a big game. The stage isn’t too big for Golden Tate.”
This is certainly an encouraging sign for Philadelphia. They traded a third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for Tate midway through the season knowing full well what his status was once the year was over. Despite his modest production during the regular season, he emerged as a reliable option for quarterback Nick Foles in the playoffs. It is no secret that Philadelphia has been looking for more talent to add to their offense. Tate would undoubtedly help bring a stabilizing factor to that side of the ball.
Tate has already expressed his interest in staying with the Eagles. However, he added that legitimate playoff contenders would be at the top of his wish list this offseason. Despite their struggles early on, Philadelphia made a valiant effort to defend their Super Bowl crown in the playoffs. Roseman is hoping Tate will consider that when contract negotiations begin.