Dolphins free-agent watch: Ben Tate

NFL free agency is set to begin in about one month. This week, ESPN.com will examine several available players who could fill the Miami Dolphins' needs.

Next on Monday we have a free-agent running back who could help Miami:

Player: Ben Tate

Age: 26

2014 stats: 119 carries, 371 yards, four touchdowns

Why he could fit: The Dolphins need another running back to complement Lamar Miller next season. Knowshon Moreno tried to fill that role by signing a one-year contract, but a torn ACL derailed Moreno’s season. Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams also are not the answer. The Dolphins need a running back who is both durable and dependable. Tate was a player many thought Miami would have interest in last year in free agency. He rushed for 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons as Arian Foster's backup with the Houston Texans from 2011-13. Now Tate is back on the market and could be a good fit for Bill Lazor’s system. The most carries he’s received in a season is 175 as a rookie in 2011, so there is still good tread on the tires. Tate also played in a spread offense and ran out of the shotgun in college at Auburn. Miami’s offense gets most of its run plays from the shotgun and three-receiver sets.