The Lions also were hamstrung by the early nature of the trade deadline, to some extent.
The Philadelphia Eagles have upgraded at the wide receiver position ahead of the NFL's trade deadline as they acquired Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate. He was a consistent performer for the team, averaging over 90 catches per year in his first four seasons, and topped 1,000 yards in three of the four.
While Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor can be relied on for the most part each week, the Eagles have learned the hard way that other players like Jordan Matthews are too inconsistent to make the offense feel confident on a weekly basis.
Golden Tate is heading to Philadelphia.
Tate wrote on Twitter: "It's been real DETROIT!". He went to the Pro Bowl after the 2014 season.
The Lions are getting the Eagles' third-round draft pick in the deal. "Philly Philly let's get it!"
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.
The Lions lost 28-14 to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, dropping their record to 3-4 on the season.