After a very brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, Golden Tate is a free agent for the first time in five years. As for where the former Pro Bowl wideout and Super Bowl champion will go in 2019, some analysts have a few ideas.
According to Ian Rapoport via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the New England Patriots have expressed interest in Tate. Per the report, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been mentioned as well.
Tate finished the 2018 season with 74 receptions for 795 yards and four touchdowns split between stints with the Eagles and the Detroit Lions. The receptions and yardage marks were Tate’s lowest since his days with the Seattle Seahawks.
Regardless of his performance last year, Tate still represents a significant receiving threat that both the Patriots and the Steelers could find a way to utilize, particularly with their Hall of Fame quarterbacks.
Per @RapSheet, Patriots have interest in Golden Tate. He also mentioned Pittsburgh.
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) March 14, 2019
Drafted by Seattle in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tate was a member of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII team. He recorded three receptions for 17 yards in the 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos.
The following year, Tate hit free agency and joined the Detroit Lions, where he quickly emerged as one of the top targets for Matthew Stafford, even on a team that still had Calvin Johnson.
In 2014, Tate made his first and only Pro Bowl selection after a career-high 99 receptions for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.
Tate was traded to the Eagles in the middle of the 2018 season and was allowed to walk in free agency at the end of the season.