With Ben Tate going on the Injured Reserved list for the Houston Texans, the questions are now swirling with where he may end up next year. Tate has had a rough start to his career between injuries and playing backup to Arian Foster. Tate is able to look at some teams that are in desperate need of a running back. According to NFL: Around the League’s twitter, the Browns are one of those teams. Tate has been in the league now for a few years, and is one of the top available free agent running backs this free agency season, and here is why the Browns need him.
First, Tate is a great NFL sized running back at 5’11” and 217 pounds. He is able to run through arm tackles and get into the next line of defense. Tate has showed his skills as a receiver too with, a career high, 34 receptions for 140 yards this season. Tate’s season this year has been a bit rocky rushing wise with only 771 yards in 14 games, but the entire Houston season has been rocky.
Second, Tate has shown the ability to become a lead back in this league. Look at the Houston game against the Patriots where he rushed for 102 yards and had 3 touchdowns. Tate has had 5 games this year with over 75 total yards. Tate needs the opportunity in a new scheme to get more carries and receptions as a starter and not the backup.
Last, the Browns are in a desperate need of a top running back. Everyone saw that Trent Richardson was struggling this year, and now is also struggling in Indianapolis. As of now, the Browns are with McGahee (32 years old), Fozzy Whittaker, Edwin Baker (undersized), and Chris Ogbonnaya (full back). They have averaged 84.9 yards a game, and have totaled 1,189 yards (27th place). An addition like Tate would allow them to focus more on other offensive key positions to improve the team.