A rumor surfaced yesterday that the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans were in discussions regarding a possible trade for RB Ben Tate. The Cleveland Browns are in need of a running back now that Peyton Hillis has departed via free agency and given the injury history of RB Montario Hardesty. The move would make sense for the Cleveland Browns but I feel that this would be a very foolish move for the Houston Texans.
In recent seasons, being a running back for the Houston Texans has been a dangerous occupation, starting with Steve Slaton. The Texans have suffered injuries in repeated seasons at the running back position. What could be the possible motivation for the Texans to move Tate? He has proven himself to be more than adequate as Arian Foster’s backup and would be a starter for most other teams. Tate is under contract with Houston until the 2014 season and he will be playing for a ridiculously cap friendly number, $490,000.00 dollars.
Tate appeared in 15 games last season and filled in wonderfully during Foster’s absence early on in the season. The Auburn product rushed for 942 yards, scored four touchdowns and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
Unless there has been a rift between Tate and the Texans in this offseason, trading a valuable commodity which comes with such a low price tag would be a foolish move. The Texans currently have Javarris Williams ranked third on their depth chart behind Tate and Arian Foster.
If the Browns are looking to bolster their backfield, the club should bring in former Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush who is still on the market. Bush has been rumored to be garnering interest from the Chicago Bears.