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Lions WR Golden Tate Doesn’t Think He Will Be Traded by the Deadline

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate said he doesn’t expect to be going anywhere at Tuesday’s NFL trading deadline, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

NFL Network reported Monday that the Lions have been fielding offers for their leading receiver and likely would need a mid-round draft pick — “maybe a fourth-rounder” — to trade Tate by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Tate said he has not heard anything from Lions brass about a possible deal, and he’s not putting much stock in the report that he could be on the move.

“I don’t think so,” Tate told the Free Press on Monday. “I feel like I’m a huge part of this organization and this offense especially, so hopefully that’s not the case. But again, I do understand it’s a business and if it happens then, you know, depends on where they send me.”

Tate, 30, was the subject of mild trade speculation after an 0-2 start, but the Lions have won three of their five games since to get back in the NFC North race.

At 3-4, they’re currently in last place in the division, but just a game behind the first-place Chicago Bears. And last week, they traded a 2019 fifth-round pick for defensive tackle Damon Harrison in an effort to bolster their playoff chances.

“We’re right there in the mix,” Tate said.


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