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.

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

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

  2. 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. 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!).

  4. 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??

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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