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Ben Tate visiting with the Browns

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Ben Tate is the top running back on PFT‘s Hot 100 list of the top free agents, coming in at 38th overall, and he’s making his first reported visit of free agency on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on a Wednesday morning SportsCenter that Tate is in Cleveland to meet with the Browns about joining their backfield.

Tate has been linked to Cleveland for quite a while, as the Browns have been expected to be in the market for a back since they traded Trent Richardson last season and Tate was at the top of every list of possible free agents. Some may point to the presence of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as well, but Shanahan was gone from Houston before Tate arrived. Tate’s running style should be a good fit for what Shanahan likes in the running game, though.

Tate battled through broken ribs for much of last season before finally landing on injured reserve at the end of the year. He ran for 771 yards on 181 carries in the 14 games he was able to play.

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58 Responses to “Ben Tate visiting with the Browns”
  1. luvnlfe says: Mar 12, 2014 11:22 AM

    Does the Cleveland FO look desperate and haphazzard or is it just me?

  2. Six Rings says: Mar 12, 2014 11:23 AM

    Good news.

  3. believeland2014 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:24 AM

    THE DAWG POUND IS TAKING OVER!

    Adding great vets like Whitner who is an upgrade over Ward and adding Dansby an upgrade over Jackson, and now adding a future star in Tate.
    The Browns Will Become a dynasty especially when we add the great Johnny Manziel who will lead us!

  4. hpente86 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:24 AM

    As long as they’re smart and get him cheap, I’m okay with this. Still would draft a RB too

  5. bhagos2 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:24 AM

    Which rookie qb wouldn’t want to play for the Browns next season?

    If they land Tate and possibly Revis during the FA with both their 1st round picks left in the draft they could win this division

  6. thepftpoet says: Mar 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    Ben Tate is a bad RB.

    Adrian Peterson is the best RB all of time.

  7. vertekal says: Mar 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    4+ YPC with broken ribs? I’ll take him

  8. jerruhjones says: Mar 12, 2014 11:28 AM

    Cue the haters.

    Go Browns!!!

  9. bengalsbilly says: Mar 12, 2014 11:29 AM

    Make fun of the Browns with the “3 stooges” stuff all you want, they are putting together a good roster on paper. Whether that translates to the field is to be determined, but at least they are trying to get out of that rut.

  10. themagicman1223 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:29 AM

    Omg, now if the Browns can get a QB they might be in the playoffs. You should be excited Browns fans.

  11. jmblosser82 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:30 AM

    Still no QB so it will be the same old Browns.

  12. rolli1967 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    Very good to see the Browns addressing their needs at RB. Tate, combined with whoever they take at RB in the draft, and Dion Lewis coming back healthy should result in decent running game for the Browns.

  13. jerruhjones says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    Draft Sammy Watkins 4th and a QB 26th.

  14. unclemoobaa1911 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    Cleveland may still suck on the field this year but they may be good on the new Madden game!

  15. beezer240 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    Jimmy Haslam is on a mission. Stadium renovations, new uniforms next year, firing Banner and Lombardi, and now signing good free agents. I can’t wait for the draft!

  16. squrlmoos1 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:34 AM

    @iLLogicalvoice, Browns definitely blew that draft, but get real, RGIII is mediocre at best. Michael Vick is better than him.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 12, 2014 11:35 AM

    vertekal says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    4+ YPC with broken ribs? I’ll take him
    _____________________

    And no QB for defenses to worry about either….

  18. realfootballfan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:36 AM

    For some reason, I pictured this guy going exactly to the Browns when free agency started. With the right QB pick and competent coaching from Pettine, and this team is going to be good quickly.

  19. brownoholic says: Mar 12, 2014 11:37 AM

    Make fun of the Browns with the “3 stooges” stuff all you want, they are putting together a good roster on paper. Whether that translates to the field is to be determined, but at least they are trying to get out of that rut.
    _____________________________________________

    2 of those stooges were fired before free agency even started.

    I’m not judging any moves til I see them on the field. Whitner & Dansby still feel like just a wash with Ward & DQ walking. Maybe the defensive system will make those moves make TONS of sense.

    DON’T overpay for Tate!

  20. rolli1967 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:38 AM

    There are no long term answers at QB in this free agency period. The Browns might already have their long-term answer at QB in Hoyer. If not they don’t think so they will draft someone along the lines of Bridgewater, Manziel, or Bortles.

  21. supergruby says: Mar 12, 2014 11:39 AM

    pftpoet is an idiot

    Signed, Everyone (including REAL Vikings fans)

  22. toybkshr says: Mar 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    I’m not a Browns fan (prob wouldn’t admit it if I were), but “if” they land Tate, along with the xtra 1st rd pick for shipping Richardson out, then this has to be considered very good roster restructuring.

    I agree with the others that w/o a starting caliber QB it won’t result in more W’s, but nevertheless pretty shrewd RB upgrade “if” they land Tate.

  23. rolli1967 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    There are no long term answers at QB in this free agency period. The Browns might already have their long-term answer at QB in Hoyer. If they don’t think Hoyer is the answer, they will draft someone along the lines of Bridgewater, Manziel, or Bortles. (fixed typos)

  24. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 12, 2014 11:43 AM

    At the right price this would be a great move. The Browns are quietly creating a solid roster while teams like the Vikings and Redskins are going to battle for the first pick in the draft.

  25. opneon says: Mar 12, 2014 11:43 AM

    Aren’t you guys tired of starting over AGAIN?
    Maybe you should have kept your coach and worked on what seemed to be steps in the right direction.
    If you want to BE like the Broncos, Ravens, Steelers – you have to ACT like them…not like the Skins or Boyz owners who try to buy a team.

  26. raiderufan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:44 AM

    LaMont Jordan 2.0

  27. realdealsteel says: Mar 12, 2014 11:44 AM

    From all the moves the Browns are making, it definitely looks like their going QB with their first pick in the first round. Bortles or Bridgewater.

  28. clesportsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:46 AM

    At least he’ll get a feel for Cleveland weather today

  29. realskipbayless says: Mar 12, 2014 11:47 AM

    Ben Taint

  30. sportsnut101 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    Good tough back 4 yr 15mil Max id go
    they need speed back

  31. Kelly says: Mar 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    Good move by browns if they can lock him up. Haslem is a go getter, exactly the type of owner Cleveland needed. Good for Cleveland.

  32. audient says: Mar 12, 2014 11:50 AM

    The Browns are making (what at least appear to be) good moves. And that’s refreshing.

    GO BROWNS!

  33. reesesteel23 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    At the end of the day they are letting young playmakers walk for old playmakers. They’re acting like this is a win now situation. I don’t get it, but I DO like this defense.

  34. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2014 11:56 AM

    some folks have the bass boat out on the water and the trolling motor running early today lol. so far the signings and tenders have been solid. no grabbing guys who had a great free agency year,just consistent players.

  35. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 12, 2014 12:05 PM

    opneon says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:43 AM

    Aren’t you guys tired of starting over AGAIN?
    Maybe you should have kept your coach and worked on what seemed to be steps in the right direction.
    If you want to BE like the Broncos, Ravens, Steelers – you have to ACT like them…not like the Skins or Boyz owners who try to buy a team.
    ——————————————————–
    Umm, are you aware of the Broncos at all? They bought their whole team.

  36. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Mar 12, 2014 12:08 PM

    Cleveland wins the division next year

  37. kosarkid says: Mar 12, 2014 12:10 PM

    Get your Browns bashing in now, I haven’t disagreed with a move so far this free agency. Dansby is definitely an upgrade over Jackson. Jackson wasn’t a playmaker behind the line of scrimmage or in coverage. We now have more than a sure tackler at MLB. How he got his big contract before I’ll never know but at least the regime that made that decision is gone. Yeah Dansby is older, but we still have the draft to add youth, while Dansby can mentor and still perform.

  38. emmac13 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:10 PM

    For the haters mentioning a QB…………There are no franchise QBs of the FA market. This is FA signing time. A back up QB is not what Farmer is looking for in the first two days of free agency. They most likely will pick one up that is released or on the cheap to mentor a QB they draft. I mean after all last year Wilson won the SB while over paid Rothlesburger and Flacco sat home.

  39. arcaero says: Mar 12, 2014 12:11 PM

    opneon:

    The Broncos are THE POSTER CHILD of a team bought by free agency. The are nothing without MANNING.

  40. emmac13 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:15 PM

    Ben Taint????? Wipe to the front and Golden Taint is more realistic.

  41. oldcracker says: Mar 12, 2014 12:16 PM

    bengalsbilly says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:29 AM
    Make fun of the Browns with the “3 stooges” stuff all you want, they are putting together a good roster on paper. Whether that translates to the field is to be determined, but at least they are trying to get out of that rut.
    ———————————————————————————————–

    Idiot, no one’s used that term (3 Stooges) since Joe Boner and Dumbardi were shown the door. Go back to Kentucky and back under your rock.

    Ray Farmer has this ship pointed in the right direction. He has a plan in place utilizing the draft and patching holes with FA’s. I believe it will still take a couple more years but he will get us there.

  42. urbusted2 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:22 PM

    Last time I checked haters, Hoyer IS a QB.

  43. ronketonk says: Mar 12, 2014 12:28 PM

    Guys on here that like to consistently hate on the Browns are pretty pathetic quite honestly. Do you not think that Browns fans are pretty aware that the organization has been in turmoil for the last 15 years…. that they haven’t been able to find a quarterback… that the team is a perennial loser? Talk about beating a dead horse. Is it really all that fun for you?

    Truth is… They have a very solid young roster right now. Adding productive veterans and a 25 year old RB that could be elite and fit the systems are the right moves when you have positioned the team with a ton of cap space and draft picks.

    And yes, everyone knows it all comes down to finding a quarterback that can play. We get it!

  44. jmblosser82 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    emmac13, the Seahawks won the SB, Wilson was average most of the year. If they didn’t have that impressive defense the Hawks would still be without a ring. Roethlisberger is not over paid(high cap hit is due to all the restructuring). He is playing in a 8 year 103 million deal that averaged him 13 mil a year. That is a steal considering the important role he played, overall, in 3 SB runs. Flacco is overpaid, he cashed in on a historic playoff run and then had his safety blankets hurt and shipped out of town. Had he hit the open market I firmly believe he would’ve got 15 mil/year max. Now that Wilson had the ring under his belt and the cap number constantly rising you would be a fool to believe he will take anything less then top 5 money, more so if Kaep gets his 18 mil a year.

  45. realfootballfan says: Mar 12, 2014 12:38 PM

    If they select the right QB, and they might have their pick if Jacksonville and Houston pass on one, this could be an Atlanta Falcon situation from a few years back when they paired Michael Turner with Matt Ryan while he learned on the job. Tate fits Shanahan’s scheme, which is similar to what he ran with the Kubiak Texans. With how RBs are being disposed of in today’s NFL, they could still get another guy or of course take one later in the draft as well. Browns are on the way up from getting rid of Banner and Lombardi to making a solid hire from Pettine’s reputation (even though Harbaugh would have been epic) to making shrewd roster moves.

  46. truths4all says: Mar 12, 2014 12:43 PM

    Improving the Defense by signing Dansby is good. But what about improving the Offensive Line so the QB has time to read defenses and pass the ball? What about an Offensive Line that can block and open holes for backs to run through?

    Band-aid approaches almost never work. Even if you have a franchise QB, he will never be effective if he does not have time to read and throw. With bad protection, you can be sure he will get hurt sooner or later.

  47. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    Ben Tate would be the perfect fit for the Browns. The Browns would be the perfect fit for Ben Tate. It’s a perfect fit.

  48. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    When average salary earning men and women talk about Football players being underpaid at 13 million dollars you know there is a deep, deep problem brewing within our society.

  49. shermtank3 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:13 PM

    Soooo is no one gonna say anything about the fact that this has been in the works for about a year?

  50. annapterp says: Mar 12, 2014 1:17 PM

    This would be a good pickup for the Browns, but really they haven’t done anything yet to improve their team. Dansby for Jackson, that’s a push. Whitner for Ward, that’s a push. I don’t see much of an upgrade to get all excited about.

  51. clownsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 1:17 PM

    To everybody saying “Don’t overpay Tate”:
    WAKE UP. The Browns SUCK and are viewed as a national JOKE. They’re going to have to overpay anybody they bring in. Until they string together a couple decent seasons this is how it gas to be.

  52. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    How much more than the best offer from another team do the Browns have to pay in order to get a player? Lets face it, if the money is the same then the player would pick the other team over the Browns.

  53. tomgamboagotjumped says: Mar 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    I do like the moves they are making however they lost out in a good up and coming offensive minded coach in Chud !
    He was respected in the league not too say Pettine isn’t but I loved Chudz coordinators I liked the way he brought in Aaron Shea and Russell Maryland too handle the players !
    We needed too keep Chud and all his personnel it was gonna work lose in last minute too New England with no running back and basically a 4th string QB !
    I’m praying that Farmer gets too get his guy in there next year Pettine is a very valuable defensive coordinator but I’d rather hav Horton running my defense and also my team !
    No more browns going too toilet bowl please

  54. mrfrostyj says: Mar 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    The Browns should be very high on the list of teams that can go from worst to first in 2014 considering they were TERRIBLE last season yet were first place for how many weeks before the ghost of Weeden worked his magic? AFC North is pretty even especially now since the Bengals have lost the one competent coach they had. (and sorry Redskins fans it wasn’t the one you got).

  55. tribedog23 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:23 PM

    Browns Haters and Trollers aplenty, and for good reason. We have stunk, plain and simple.

    We need consistency from the front office and good personnel evaluation to get this turned around.

    Haslem cleaning house was difficult to go through as we have done this far too often since returning in 1999. However, it was necessary for a myriad of reasons.

    People complaining about Dansby and Whitner being a wash are missing the bigger picture. It could easily have been a massive LOSS if those positions were filled by players with less talent. In other words, a wash with regard to replacing Jackson and Ward is a good thing!

    If the Browns are truly underwhelmed with the top three quarterbacks, and it’s not a smoke screen, then the most prudent move at #4 would be to take one of the 2 top graded offensive linemen in Robinson or Mathews. At 26, they could go with Mike Evans or Odell Beckham.

    Of course, I would not be disappointed with Sammy Watkins at 4 either, but the WR draft seems to be deeper than most years.

  56. rolli1967 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:53 PM

    Get DBs Revis or Cromartie, WR Emmanual Sanders in FA. Draft Watkins at #4 and a QB at #26.

    With Hoyer at QB, Watkins, Sanders, Gordon at WR and Cromartie or Revis combined with Haden would make the Browns very tough to beat and would finally make the play-offs.

  57. tribedog23 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:21 PM

    Revis will not sign with the Browns. He will be in New England next season.

  58. broccoliphil says: Mar 12, 2014 4:32 PM

    People saying the Browns don’t have a QB…they do have Hoyer and there is this thing called the draft. I think the Browns might have a pick in it.

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