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Lions fans feel gut-punched by Tate trade

Just last week, Lions fans were blowing up Twitter with how great their general manager Bob Quinn was after landing “Snacks” Harrison for pocket change. This week, they’re feeling gut-punched after Quinn traded fan favorite Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a draft pick. Now that the dust is settling, we should all take a breathe and look at this move.

You have to wonder if Quandre Diggs and Jamal Agnew are doing the same. Diggs responded on Twitter with a simple “WTF!” tweet and Jamal Agnew followed that up with a simple “Bruh”. My response to these players and the rest of the team is the team should have shown up against the lowly New York Jets and now 1-7, San Francisco 49ers and won at least one of those two games they were expected to win. If they did, the Lions could easily be frontrunner in the NFC North and the only Tate conversation taking place might be how he is expected to perform in fantasy this week in Minnesota.

While Tate sent a loving message to the Lions organization, team and fans as well as a tweet that read, “It’s been real DETROIT! I’ll love ya forever. Philly Philly let’s get it!!” Eagles QB Carson Wentz was quick to respond to his new star receiver with this post:

Personally I’m gonna really miss Tate. He’s a class act on and off the field. He never pointed fingers when the Lions were spiraling out of control or giving a new definition to the term “dumpster fire”. But it’s a smart deal by a GM that learned how to build a winner while working for the New England Patriots. How can Lions fans not want to trust that after decades of failure from a laundry list of other GMs and head coaches.

Quinn’s overall 2018 trade deadline performance stands out against all the other GM’s IMO. Overall, the savvy dealmaker snagged Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who is signed for years, and third rounder for Tate, who has half of a season left on his contract and a fifth-round pick. And that fifth round pick he sent for Snacks was from a deal when he shipped out bust Laken Tomlinson to the 49ers.

So wrapping your heads around these two deals, while losing one class act and leader in the locker room, Quinn was sure to add another in Harrison who is a class act and respected team leader. And he looked ahead to the near future when he would have lost Tate to free agency for a much lower pick.

Moving Tate also frees up $3.7 million cap space and remember, Quinn snagged Lions standout receiver Kenny Golladay in the third round a few years ago and before that found starting lineman Graham Glasgow sitting and waiting in the third round. So that third round pick acquired in this trade may become very high value.

It isn’t like the Lions traded a majority of their passing game away because they didn’t. QB Matthew Stafford is surrounded by a lot of firepower in the wide receiver position with Golladay and Marvin Jones running up some good numbers this season and TJ Jones and undrafted Brandon Powell jonsing for a full time opportunity.

And what about being one game out of first place!

Well, the Green Bay Packers are right in the hunt too, actually sitting just ahead of the Lions and they traded one of the best defensive backs in the NFL, moving Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins for just a fourth-round pick. Tate’s stats are damn good, but so are Dix’s who has 47 tackles, three INTs one FF and a sack. And he was moved for a fourth-round pick while the Lions got a third.

Lions fans should be happy seeing activity that betters the team in the long run, a nice change from desperate un-calculated moves that former GMs like Martin Mayhew and Matt Millen were known to make.

While it may hurt seeing Tate sprinting down the field in green wearing his new number 19, this move is one that makes a lot of sense in the long run.

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It’s Snack time in Detroit!

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It’s Snack Time in Detroit!

Well if there was any doubt about the New York Giants being in fire sale mode, it’s clear as day now after the team followed up the Eli Apple trade by moving defensive tackle stud Damon Harrison Sr. to the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn should have a most wanted mugshot floating around after this thievery.

While it is a great move by Quinn, this deal feels too desperate a move by the Giants with almost a week before the trade deadline hits. You would think if the league knew a player of Snacks’ caliber were available, the Giants could have secured at least a third-round pick for the star or maybe a second.

I found a graph on social media by PFF (see below) that shows how Harrison statistically outplayed several entire NFL teams’ interior lines over a recent season. And many of these plays, he’s facing a double team. And note that is the year Snacks had 49 run stops compared to only 43 by the entire Lions team.

While you let that sink in, a second PFF graph I found showed Harrison as the top interior lineman against the rush for the past several seasons; and remember, this includes against top competition like Aaron Donald of the Rams and Ndamukong Suh, formally of the Dolphins and now with the Los Angeles Rams.

One should expect Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia to maintain the “Patriots way” as they build a winner in Detroit. Although many fans and word on the street was, many players, weren’t buying into Patricia early on, it’s clearly time to do that with the team winning three of the last four while making deals like this one.

Remember how the Patriots traded All-Pro defensive lineman Richard Seymour to Oakland and also let Randy Moss go as well? I expect the Lions to let Ziggy Ansah and Golden Tate go as well, in the same fashion and Quinn is being smart about it by planning for that future without those stars.

He drafted Kenny Golladay in a spot many at the time felt was way too early. Now Detroit fans are ecstatic about their star caliber wide receiver. Golladay is capable of stepping into the No.2 or even the No. 1 spot by next season.

Picking up Harrison fills a huge need for Detroit who is near the bottom of the league against the run.

I watched the first few defensive series of the recent Giants game against the Philadelphia Eagles and loved what I saw in Harrison. One of the first plays, he fought off a block, split the gap and made the tackle on a rush play. On another he fought off a block and had the instincts to free up from a rush and move lateral to keep Eagles QB Carson Wentz from scrambling for a gain.

Harrison shows up and plays hard every game. And in a place like Detroit where fans love and idolize their hard working blue-collar type trench players, I expect Harrison to quickly become a fan favorite.

Detroit fans, enjoy this trade and acquisition. In the meantime, I’ll keep a lookout for Quinn’s mugshot.

Follow PFWA member Tom Ferda on Twitter @TomFerda

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