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Soon-to-be free agent Ben Tate not thinking next year


For teams and players out of the playoff race, the last three weeks are about an eye to the future, and changes that are coming.

But even though the next three weeks could be his last in Houston, Texans running back Ben Tate said he’s trying to keep those thoughts at arm’s length.

That’s something I can’t really answer right now,” Tate said when asked if he wanted to return, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “Just the fact so many things are going to change once the season’s over — different head coaches, different people fired everywhere else. That’s something I haven’t really thought about yet. That’s something I’ll probably think about after the next three weeks.”

Not knowing who the coach will be is one thing. But Tate’s in the final year of his rookie contract, and the Texans’ next coach will inherit Arian Foster’s new deal as well. So the likelihood of Tate hanging around are slim.

He’s shown toughness this season, playing through broken ribs. And while the market for backs hasn’t been strong, he should still be able to find a role of his own and a raise elsewhere.

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16 Responses to “Soon-to-be free agent Ben Tate not thinking next year”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    Tate is the real deal, if the Texans keep Foster and let Tate go, they’ll end up paying for it big time.

  2. h3min1230 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:44 AM

    Ahhh I don’t know, I mean on one hand he has the heart of a lion playing/running hard still for such a terrible team (maybe due to the fact he’s in a contract year), but on the other hand you just can’t give RBs big deals in todays NFL. If he doesn’t demand big money I’m sure there will be 32 teams who would love to have him.

  3. irootforthecardinals says: Dec 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    Cardinals, please get this guy.

  4. tvjules says: Dec 10, 2013 10:50 AM

    Come to Indy!

  5. mataug says: Dec 10, 2013 10:56 AM

    It won’t happen but if the salary cap wasn’t affected too much by it, I would keep Tate and trade/cut Foster. Foster’s damaged goods (at the age of 27!).

  6. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 10, 2013 11:14 AM

    scooped Tate as a fantasy free agent..

    he has had his share of clunker games this year though..
    What teams are in need of an RB anymore??
    possibly Arizona? he and ellington would be a nice combo.

    Oakland maybe?

    anyone else have any good landing spots for the FA RB??

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    With a new HC coming in, who knows what will happen… they could do what everyone has expected now for 2 years and let Tate go and keep Foster, but they could very easily let Foster and his contract go and keep Tate, or lose both and go a WHOLE other direction….

    Much is up in the air right now.

    I personally would like to see them package a deal with Foster and draft picks for AD.

  8. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 10, 2013 11:54 AM

    tvjules says:
    Dec 10, 2013 10:50 AM
    Come to Indy!

    This was my first thought. Bradshaw, Tate, Richardson, and a healthy O-line would be an interesting combination. Might be just the thing Pep Hamilton is looking for.

  9. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 10, 2013 11:57 AM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Dec 10, 2013 11:21 AM
    I personally would like to see them package a deal with Foster and draft picks for AD.

    Andy Dalton?

  10. wringworm says: Dec 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    Cleveland already has the cap$ and a locker ready for Tate when the FA market opens up. No one will pay more for him than Cleveland will.

  11. socalraider909 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:12 PM

    He’ll be wearing Black and Silver next season

  12. joemammy says: Dec 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    Welcome to the Cleveland Browns, Mr. Tate.

  13. cuda1234 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:11 PM

    Is there a market for free-agent running backs? Who really needs one? And aren’t there a bunch of them: Tate, Gerhardt, McFadden, etc.

  14. brownoholic says: Dec 10, 2013 1:16 PM

    Yeah, my Brownies will overpay for this guy. Or at least try to . . .

  15. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:54 PM

    As much as I love this guys game he’s just not on the field enough to be a feature back .
    He’s been hurt every year in Houston and he fell in the draft to them because of the same in college…shame because the talent is undeniable

  16. gsyl says: Dec 10, 2013 10:52 PM


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