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Report: Patriots showing interest in veteran WR Golden Tate

3/14/2019 11:42:04 AM
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There is mutual interest between veteran free agent wide receiver Golden Tate and the New England Patriots according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.

Tate made his desire to play for the Patriots well-known last month, saying "Man, I would love it," Tate said. "You gotta admire that organization. They do things right. They've been doing it for a long, long, long time. So, I'd definitely love to be a part of something like that and catch a few passes from ol' Tommy Boy. ... I definitely would not mind going over there for sure." 

 The Patriots clearly need receiving help with Chris Hogan becoming a free agent and the uncertainty surrounding suspended wideout Josh Gordon.  They have been hosting fringe free agents like former Redskins receiver Maurice Harris and the oft-travelled Bruce Ellington but Tate is definitely on another level.  A star for both the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions, Tate had some trouble integrating into the Philadelphia Eagles' offense after being dealt at the trading deadline last season but remains a consummate professional who can excel both outside and in the slot.  He does turn 31 years old in August, which may explain the colder than expected market for his services.  The Patriots could end up getting a real bargain who would be a definite upgrade from Hogan.

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