Lions coach Matt Patricia said he made sure Golden Tate was OK after trade

Lions coach Matt Patricia admitted trading receiver Golden Tate was a difficult decision.

Patricia addressed the media Wednesday morning, where he discussed why the Lions dealt Tate to the Eagles for a third-round draft pick.

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“Those decisions are not easy. It’s more about players, it’s about relationships. Friendships. It’s working together for a long time,” Patricia said. “I talked to Golden at length yesterday. I talked to him last night. Really wanted to make sure he was alright moving forward. Know he’s going to a good place with some people who are going to take care of him, and he and his family are important to me. That’s a relationship that will go a lot longer than football and last a lot longer than football.”

Tate had been with the Lions since 2014 after he signed a five-year deal with the team. Even though Tate was one of their most productive receivers, Patricia said this is an opportunity for other members of the team to step up.

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“The biggest point for me that I want to make sure people understand is this also shows a lot of confidence in the people in that room. There’s great players in that room and there’s a lot of them,” Patricia said of the wide receivers. “There’s a lot of guys who have an opportunity to make plays and go out there and play at a high level. And we’re all good with that from that standpoint.”

Kenny Golloday and Marvin Jones will likely divvy up the targets from quarterback Matthew Stafford, while Kerryon Johnson will continue his breakout season on the ground.

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