The Texans and Broncos really did set the tone for NFL trade deadline day.
After Denver sent wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Houston in exchange for a fourth-round pick, it didn't take long for another star wideout to be dealt.
The Detroit Lions are reportedly trading speedster Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a third-round pick.
Detroit is trading WR Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2018
Tate confirmed the news on Twitter as well.
It’s been real DETROIT! I’ll love ya forever. Philly Philly let’s get it!!— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) October 30, 2018
We guess the reports from Monday were indeed true.
This is a colossal acquisition for the Eagles, who have largely been struggling to find a rhythm on offense. Outside of their shellacking of the New York Giants a few weeks ago, Philly has mostly been unimpressive on offense due to a ton of injuries and others getting acclimated to the game plan.
Now, Tate gives Carson Wentz another weapon and makes Philly's offense more dynamic. He'll open up the run game and get more targets for Alshon Jeffery.
The Eagles smartly freed up cap space by restructuring contracts this offseason and early in the year, which has clearly paved the way for this move.