The Vikings landed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday to bolster their backfield with Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon both missing practice because of injuries this week, but they weren’t the only ones reportedly interested in bringing the former Browns runner on board.
Teams that make unsuccessful waiver claims are not immediately disclosed by the league any longer, but Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that two other teams made bids to add Tate to their roster. Per Yates, the Colts and Cardinals were the other interested parties.
Neither names comes as much of a surprise. The Colts lost Ahmad Bradshaw to a fractured fibula in last week’s game and placed him on season-ending injured reserve this week, leaving Trent Richardson and Dan Herron as the only running backs on the team’s 53-man roster this season.
Arizona, meanwhile, hasn’t found a strong complement to Andre Ellington in their backfield this season. Jonathan Dwyer was set for that role, but he was released in the wake of a domestic violence arrest early in the season and neither Stepfan Taylor nor Marion Grice has done much in reserve the rest of the way.