Tennessee Titans fans are clamoring for general manager Jon Robinson to make a deal for a wide receiver ahead of the trade deadline at 3:00 PM CT on October 30.
And for good reason.
Tennessee’s wide receivers have left a lot to be desired this season. Drops have been an issue, as has inconsistent play. As a result, Marcus Mariota is only averaging 171 passing yards per game so far in 2018.
That’s not going to get it done.
Among the names that have been tossed around that the Titans could possibly trade for is Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.
I think Tate is an interesting choice, mostly because he would be a great option to instantly become Mariota’s “safety valve”. Essentially, he could somewhat replace the role of injured tight end Delanie Walker in the Titans’ offense (Mariota needs a go to option in the passing game and I’m not sure that’s Corey Davis at this point).
So what would it take to land Tate, a Hendersonville native?
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero it would likely take a fourth round draft pick.
A couple notes from The Aftermath with 24 hours until trade deadline: #Raiders still shopping veterans, including Bruce Irvin, and keep an eye on Golden Tate, though the #Lions would have to be blown away to move him. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/nAZW6d35bQ
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 29, 2018
That wouldn’t be a bad deal for the Titans, but the only way I make this move if I’m Jon Robinson is if you can sign Tate to a longterm extension. Tate is a free agent after the 2018 season. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Titans to get a “rental”, especially since their season outlook is bleak at the moment.
But I love the idea of Tate joining the Titans’ roster. I think it would be a great move for the future of the offense (Tate will turn 31 next August). Trading for Tate, if the Titans plan to make a move for him in free agency, would also be a great move by Robinson because it would give the franchise a headstart on working out a longterm deal with the former Notre Dame standout.
I’m not expecting the Titans to make a move before the deadline. But if they do, this a move that could work out in their favor.
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