The Eagles pulled off a trade at the deadline for the second year in a row, acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 third-round pick. The team later announced that defensive tackle Bruce Hector was waived to make room on the roster.
Nicknamed Showtime, the 2010 second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks has 581 receptions for 6,936 yards and 37 touchdowns in 129 career regular-season games. He has also added 28 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns in nine postseason games. The 30-year-old Tate was the Lions' leading receiver this year with 44 grabs for 517 yards and three scores.
Since signing with the Lions in 2014, Tate is the first player in Detroit history – and just the seventh ever – to post 90 or more receptions in four consecutive seasons. Tate, at 5-10 and 197 pounds, also leads all NFL receivers in yards after the catch since 2014 with 2,736.
Tate won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. He followed that up in Detroit by earning Pro Bowl honors in 2014, with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.
Last year, the Eagles sent a fourth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for running back Jay Ajayi, who led the Eagles in rushing yards in the playoffs on the way to the Super Bowl.
Tate played collegiately at Notre Dame, where he hauled in 157 receptions for 2,707 yards (17.2 yards per catch) and 26 touchdowns. He also played baseball for the Fighting Irish and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 MLB Draft.