PHILADELPHIA ( - If you were wondering whether the Eagles still considered themselves legitimate contenders after a 4-4 start, the answer came in emphatic fashion Tuesday afternoon when Howie Roseman sent a 2019 third-round pick to Detriot for proven receiver Golden Tate.

Tate, a yards-after-catch machine, confirmed the news himself on Twitter.

A 5-foot-10, 197-pound wideout, Tate has a powerful lower body and was once a running back before making the shift to receiver at Notre Dame. He has 44 receptions for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season and another 42 running it on just three carries.

In his ninth professional season, the 30-year-old Tate has 581 receptions for 6,936 yards and 37 TDs, spending his first four seasons in Seattle before moving on to Detroit, amassing three 1,000-yard seasons with Matthew Stafford and the Lions.

In Philadelphia, Tate figures to fit in with Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, giving Doug Pederson the dynamic 11 personnel unit he's been looking for.

Tate, however, is scheduled to be a free agent in March so for now, this is a rental.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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