NFL teams have gotten pretty cocky when it comes to the running back position. With so many unknown guys finding success and late-round draft picks breaking through, not to mention the pass happy philosophies that characterize today’s NFL, teams just don’t feel the need to spend big on running backs.
That’s potentially bad news for free agent Ben Tate. The good news for Tate is that one team has been openly interesting in adding him dating back to the 2013 season: the Cleveland Browns. From the moment they traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts it was rumored that the Browns wanted to sign Tate this off-season.
Tate has been in Cleveland for the last couple days, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the two sides are working to get a deal done.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2014
Given the glaring hole at the position on Cleveland’s roster, it makes sense that the Browns want to nail down an established player to take the lion’s share of their carries.