Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New York Jets interested in signing Ben Tate, Donald Brown

While they’re easy to trash thanks to the brash way they carry themselves, the New York Jets are actually set up to have a nice offseason that sees them improve even further in 2014. After a season hat saw Rex Ryan save his job as head coach, the Jets will now look at free agency and the draft to help boost their roster and add talent.

One area that is surprisingly looked at as being upgraded is in the backfield. ESPNNewYork reports that the Jets are eyeing Houston Texans running back Ben Tate as well as Indianapolis Colts back Donald Brown in free agency.

 This comes as a bit of a surprise, but I hear the New York Jets are exploring free-agent running backs — namely Donald Brown (Indianapolis Colts) and Ben Tate(Houston Texans). Obviously, their greatest needs are wide receiver and tight end, with running back thought to be a secure position with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. But general manager John Idzik is a big believer in competition and depth.

If the Jets buy a free agent first, it’s likely going to be a wide receiver. Whoever the quarterback is next season will need targets lineup on the sides of him and not behind him.

It wouldn’t hue tot add depth in the backfield but Tate and Brown are considered upper-tier running back free agents and the Jets going after them is intriguing to say the least.

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