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Cleveland Browns, Ben Tate Agree to 2-Year Deal
- Updated: March 15, 2014
The Cleveland Browns strike again.
The Browns made a big splash on the first day of NFL Free Agency by signing Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner, and now the Browns have agreed to a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal with former Texans running back Ben Tate.
Browns nabbed their RB, agreed to terms with former Texans RB Ben Tate on a two-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2014
Tate was looked at as one of, if not the best running back on the market. In a part time role with the Texans a year ago, Tate rushed for 881 yards and 4 touchdowns. Despite playing behind Arian Foster for the first 3 years of his career, Tate was looked at as a starting quality back.
The Browns were in desperate need of a running back after trading Trent Richardson to the Colts early last year. Cleveland finished 27th in the league in rushing yards per game (86.4), and it was clear Willis McGahee wasn’t the back of the future for this team.
The Browns still need to find a quarterback, but Cleveland finally has some decent weapons for whoever is at the helm. Josh Gordon is one of the best receivers in the NFL, Jordan Cameron is a red zone beast, and Tate is a very serviceable back. He hasn’t reached the 1,000 yard plateau yet in his short career, but don’t be surprised if he reaches it this year as the starter in Cleveland.
Browns fans have to be happy with the early work of new Browns’ general manager Ray Farmer.