At least one team has interest in Ben Tate

September, 23, 2013
9/23/13
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You might have missed this nugget prior to the Texans' 30-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens:
"Cleveland already has its eyes on Trent Richardson's replacement. The Browns covet Texans running back Ben Tate, whose contract expires after this season, and will be aggressive in bringing him to Cleveland, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Should Cleveland throw the money it takes to land Tate, it then would have him and Indianapolis' first-round draft pick in place of Richardson."

I've said all along the Texans backup running back will have suitors in free agency. He's a guy who was drafted to be the Texans' starter and had some bad injury luck along the way while an undrafted guy became a special player. Tate insists he is not thinking about his next step at all right now, but it would be human nature to allow those thoughts.

Sunday's game in Baltimore marked the first time this season Tate didn't have a significantly higher yards per carry than starter Arian Foster (that once undrafted free agent). Foster averaged 4.6 yards per carry while Tate averaged 4.0 yards per carry. The two running backs combined for 90 yards with rookie Cierre Wood getting two carries for 4 yards.

Tate's numbers Sunday weren't indicative of the excellent preseason and start to the regular season he's had.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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