Ben Tate is one of the top remaining running backs left in the free agency market. Tate is coming off of his rookie contract from Houston, where he has been sitting on the bench behind Arian Foster. Tate has shown flashes of talent, including last season when Foster went down with an injury and Tate started the rest of the season. Tate is looking for a team to take a chance on him and give him that big contract that he thinks he deserves.
The Cleveland Browns are a team that is looking for a new running back for next season and a front-runner in signing Tate. The Browns’ running back position last season was turned upside when the Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Colts. After the trade, the Browns went through multiple running backs including McGahee, Whittaker, and ended with Edwin Baker. The Browns could make a splash in the free agency market or draft a rookie like Carlos Hyde.
Tate has been in Cleveland since Thursday night with the Browns’ organization. With no news coming out of the meetings yet, things could be either going great or the groups are still trying to make a deal that is best for both teams. Last night, Tate shot a picture of Tower City. Hopefully they can make the deal happen over the weekend.
The 5’11”, 217-pound running back out of Auburn hasn’t played a full season, but each year has averaged over 4 yards a carry all three years he has been in the league. He would be a perfect back for the blocking scheme that Kyle Shanahan is bringing in. Tate would be just one of the offensive upgrades in the offensive, as the Browns are looking at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.
The Browns have made huge moves already in free agency, especially on defense. The Browns signed Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby on Tuesday and special teams cornerback Isaiah Trufant. Tate would be the second signing for the offensive side after the Browns signed tight end, Jim Dray yesterday and are waiting for Cincinnati to not match the offer on restricted free agent, Andre Hawkins.
Look for the Browns to make some more moves considering they have one of the biggest cap space in the NFL. The Browns have been reportedly looking at players such as Julian Edelman, Emmanuel Sanders, and Ben Tate. The Browns are making moves at turning around the sinking ship. The Browns will also have a chance to make a change in the draft with two first round picks, one second round pick, and two third round picks.