The Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans used the N.F.L. industry closing date on Tuesday to shore up their extensive receiver corps and bolster their playoff hopes.
The Eagles, the protecting Tremendous Bowl champions, obtained Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 third-round draft pick out, and the Texans were given Demaryius Thomas from the Denver Broncos for fourth- and seventh-round alternatives within the 2019 draft. The Broncos will even ship a 2019 seventh-rounder to Houston.
Tate, 30, has 44 catches for 517 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. He joins Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews, giving quarterback Carson Wentz any other goal because the Eagles (Four-Four) attempt to catch the Washington Redskins within the N.F.C. East.
“The message to our avid gamers, our coaches and our fanatics is that our foot is at all times going to be at the gasoline,” the Eagles group of workers boss, Howie Roseman, mentioned.
Tate wrote on Twitter: “It’s been actual DETROIT! I’ll love ya without end. Philly Philly let’s get it!!” He then posted a gif of the fictitious Philly icon Rocky Balboa leaping up and down at the steps of the Artwork Museum with the caption: “Temper.”
He averaged 93 catches, 1,056 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns the previous 4 seasons in Detroit. He went to the Professional Bowl after the 2014 season. Tate spent his first 4 seasons with Seattle, serving to the Seahawks win the Tremendous Bowl his closing season.
Thomas, 30, a ninth-year veteran who used to be first or moment on maximum of Denver’s receiving information, has 36 catches for 402 yards this season. He used to be in his closing yr of his handle the crew. In spite of averaging a career-low 11.2 yards a catch, Thomas’s 3 touchdowns had been tied with Emmanuel Sanders for the crew lead and gave him 66 for his profession, together with the playoffs.
“We weren’t hellbent on buying and selling Demaryius,” John Elway, the Broncos’ basic supervisor, mentioned. He added that he used to be swayed to make the transfer through the package deal of alternatives and the upward thrust of the beginners Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in conjunction with that of the second-year participant Tim Patrick, who stuck his first profession landing go closing week.
The Texans (Five-Three), who lead the A.F.C. South, discovered themselves skinny at receiver after they misplaced Will Fuller for the season to a torn knee ligament closing week. They’ve additionally had hassle preserving the rookie Keke Coutee (hamstrings) at the box. Houston will play at Denver (Three-Five) on Sunday.
Sooner than the Four p.m. Jap closing date, two different contenders made trades to company up their defenses.
The Los Angeles Rams (Eight-Zero), in the hunt for to give a boost to intensity on an already bold line of defense, obtained Dante Fowler from Jacksonville for a third-round draft pick out in 2019 and a fifth-rounder in 2020. Fowler, who has two sacks in seven video games as a backup, used to be the 0.33 general pick out in 2015. He has been arrested two times, amongst different controversies, however insists he has matured and is “a teddy endure off the sector however a monster at the box.”
The Redskins (Five-2) won extra revel in within the secondary, obtaining Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Inexperienced Bay for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick out. Clinton-Dix, who can transform a unfastened agent after this season, joins D. J. Swearinger to offer the Redskins two veteran ballhawks at protection. Swearinger leads the N.F.L. with 4 interceptions; Clinton-Dix is amongst 14 avid gamers tied with 3.
SEAHAWKS DROP MARSHALL Seattle launched extensive receiver Brandon Marshall, whose function had lowered considerably.
Marshall seemed in all seven video games this season and had 11 catches for 136 yards and one landing, within the season opener. However he had simply two catches for 16 yards prior to now 4 video games.
The Seahawks had been the 6th N.F.L. crew for the 34-year-old Marshall, who perceived to have recovered from the most important ankle damage and toe surgical procedure that value him nearly all of the 2017 season with the Giants.
In different Seahawks information, the N.F.L. introduced an eight-game suspension for linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who pleaded in charge to 1 depend of securities fraud and one depend of conspiracy to dedicate securities fraud in an insider-trading scheme. He used to be indefinitely suspended through the league on Oct. 2, so he can go back for Week 14.
RODGERS-CROMARTIE RETIRES Oakland Raiders cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie swiftly retired, two days after now not taking part in a unmarried snap on protection for the second one time this season.
Rodgers-Cromartie, 32, a two-time Professional Bowl defensive again, made the announcement on social media, now not lengthy after notifying crew officers of his resolution to name it quits. He used to be signed simply ahead of the common season, after 4 seasons with the Giants, so as to add revel in to the secondary amid an overhaul.