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The Eagles should let Golden Tate walk

Louie DiBiase

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NFL free agency is less than a month away and the Eagles have some important decisions to make with veterans set to hit the open market.

One notable player that may be on the verge of ending a quick stint with the Eagles is WR Golden Tate.

Tate played in just 10 games with Philadelphia after being traded from the Detroit Lions at the trade deadline. It was a struggle for Tate to get involved consistently in the offense tallying 30 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown down the stretch.

While Tate has expressed interest in re-signing with the Eagles, Howie Roseman would be smart to let the veteran receiver walk for multiple reasons.

 

The offensive fit wasn’t a match made in heaven

While catching the game-winning touchdown in a Wild Card victory over the Bears seemingly justified trading a 3rd-round pick for Tate, it still wasn’t a great fit in the offense.

The big plays Tate was known for making after the catch just didn’t carry over to Philadelphia. Whether it was due to learning a new offense, not getting the right play calls, or simple lack of execution, he didn’t make the plays seen on his highlight reels.

Tate had just one catch over 20 yards and three over 15 with the Eagles.

The addition also didn’t compliment the other offensive talent well.

Specifically Nelson Agholor.

From the first eight games without Tate to the final eight with Tate, Agholor’s reception total went from 41 to 23.

The plays game planned to get Agholor in space, specifically in the slot were used for Tate instead and they didn’t seem to be as effective.

With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert also commanding targets over the middle of the field, retaining Tate isn’t a necessity.

 

Tate could command a big contract

Unless Tate is willing to take less money and the Eagles are willing to offer a contract, the money an extension would command won’t be worth it.

In a free agent class lacking receiver talent, Tate might be the top target for teams that need pass catchers.

In four of the last five seasons, Tate has had 90+ receptions. No other free agent receiver has that track record.

Unrestricted free agents with that kind of production get paid.

Let’s take a look at the contract the Kansas City Chiefs gave WR Sammy Watkins in the 2018 offseason.

Watkins hasn’t played a full 16-game season since getting drafted five years ago. He also has not surpassed 1,000 yards since 2015. Yet the Chiefs still made Watkins the sixth highest paid receiver in the NFL at $16 million a season.

Signs aren’t pointing to an extension

Tate responded to a tweet from Adam Schefter about the Falcons extending LB Bruce Carter, hinting at the fact that the Eagles haven’t tried to lock him up before free agency begins in March.

He followed that tweet up with this.

Tate was a great teammate and quickly made himself a fan favorite. He made the most memorable play of the season in the playoffs and was worth bringing in at the deadline.

However with the money he will command and the odd fit in Doug Pederson’s offense, the front office would be smart to let Tate walk.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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