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Cleveland Browns land top free agent running back, Ben Tate

The Cleveland Browns fill one of their top needs by signing top free agent running back, Ben Tate.
The Cleveland Browns fill one of their top needs by signing top free agent running back, Ben Tate.
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The Cleveland Browns finally have signed free agent Ben Tate. Tate has been in Cleveland meeting with Browns organization since Thursday night. This signing would be the second offensive signing in the free agency period for the Cleveland Browns and maybe not the last. Tate was a huge target for the Browns this offseason after trading away Trent Richardson last year to the Colts. The Browns got a good deal with Tate by signing him for 2 years for $7 million dollars.

Tate will make an immediate impact on the Browns’ running game. Tate has starting experience in Houston, but has remained the back up option to Pro Bowler Arian Foster. Last season, Tate assumed the role as the starter after Foster was out for the season with an injury. Tate finished last year for the Texans with 771 yards on 181 attempts and 4 touchdowns. Tate averaged 4.3 yards per carry, which is something the Browns are looking for. Tate will have to show that he can stay healthy and improve on not fumbling the ball (4 last year).

Tate has been known to be a risk as well. Tate had an ankle injury his rookie year that ended his season, and seems to reinjure himself every season since. Last year, Tate injured his shoulder, broke a couple of ribs, and reinjured the ankle, but continued to play through them. The Browns are taking a chance on Tate, but still have the option to use on of their ten draft picks on a running back including Carlos Hyde to bulk up the depth chart.