Browns waive Ben Tate

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Last year, the Colts acquired Cleveland’s starting running back with a first-round pick. This year, Indy can get him for the standard waiver fee of $100.

The Browns have announced that they have cut running back Ben Tate.

“With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team,” G.M. Ray Farmer said. “This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward.”

Well, this move is slightly different. Tate signed in March a contract that gave him $1.5 million to sign and a fully-guaranteed $1 million base salary for 2014. He’s now walking away with that money, after appearing in only eight games.

The move undoubtedly was motivated by Tate’s unhappiness with his role. Last week, he said that he didn’t sign up to be a member of the three-man weave at the running back position.

The former Texans tailback will now pass through waivers. The Colts, who could use a running back after Ahmad Bradshaw broke a leg bone on Sunday night, possibly will make a claim.

The Ravens could be interested, too, given that Tate played for offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak when Kubiak was the coach in Houston. Another one of Kubiak’s former Texans players, Justin Forsett, has had a career year with Kubiak in Baltimore.

73 responses to “Browns waive Ben Tate

  1. Good guy but he just wasn’t cutting it this year. Too many times he just ran into his own players instead of looking for holes or creating something.

  2. As a Ravens fan, I don’t think the Ravens should pick up Tate. They already have Forsett, Pierce, and lorenzo taliaferro. Why pick up Tate whose going to have the same role as he did with the Browns? Doesn’t make much sense to me…

  3. Bengals owner mike brown would sign him (if he was a receiver – instead of going after quality free agent receivers).

  4. This is ridiculous.

    I wish that the Browns were able to do to the Texans what they did to Cincinnati, but they needed it with a 3-man crew.

    Maybe, the Browns could be what they first were with West and Crowell, but Tate (in my opinion) was foolish enough to not try to way to make the best of his situation.

    Maybe, he can help a new team (hopefully its a NFC south team so that Indy doesn”t get him. I’m sick of the Andrew Luck craze).

  5. The Steelers may have to make a statement with LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer is not next man up. As a journalistic exercise in predicting which punch bowl a turd will land in, one could put the Steelers in the mix for Tate if they cut Blount but I sure hope (as a Steelers fan) that doesn’t happen.

  6. That’s what happen when you can’t keep your mouth shut. Good for the Browns to cut that guy. And good luck to the Browns and their rookies who will be better tate

  7. good I hope they give the starting job to crowell . I wouldn’t give him a big chance but enough to determine if he has his fumbling issue cleared up.. tate didn’t live up to his billing

  8. Don’t count on him to “compliment” your teams starter. As long time Browns radio listener this guy is all in for himself, with no respect for giving carries up for a teammate. He’s either the guy or a cancer.

  9. Jones-Drew has about 65 yards rushing this year after Jacksonville “did him wrong” so they don’t need Tate. MJD still has a chip on his shoulder. A potato chip.

  10. “savocabol1 says: Nov 18, 2014 11:26 AM

    Good guy but he just wasn’t cutting it this year. Too many times he just ran into his own players instead of looking for holes or creating something.”

    I agree. When he first got back from injury I thought he did really well, but lately he just seems to run into the backs of his blockers.

    I have to believe he was being a PITA or else the Browns wouldn’t just eat his salary.

  11. How cute. The Clowns finally figured out what the entire league knew in the offseason, Tate is not a starter or worth starter money. Joke of an organization.

  12. The Ravens are not going to take someone that is leaving because he didn’t want to be part of a running back by committee scheme when the Ravens are running a running back by committee approach themselves.

  13. Has anyone watched him play this year? He was hurt in the first quarter against PIT Week 1, missed the following 2 games, was beat out by two rookies (one drafted in the third round averaging 3.6 YPC, the other undrafted averaging 4.6 YPC), and Tate had 12 carries for -6 yards in the past two games. He’s not worth the headache, and it frees up $3 Million in cap space next year for CLE.

  14. suhmonster90
    November 18, 2014, 11:53 AM EST
    Don’t count on him to “compliment” your teams starter. As long time Browns radio listener this guy is all in for himself, with no respect for giving carries up for a teammate. He’s either the guy or a cancer.
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    It would be relevant if you said long time Texans listener seeing that your team has had Tate fir 8 games

  15. Tate signed in March a contract that gave him $1.5 million to sign and a fully-guaranteed $1 million base salary for 2014. He’s now walking away with that money, after appearing in only eight games.
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    That’s classic Browns for you right there.

  16. chargers should pick up this guy. ryan matthews is never going to have an injury free season, let alone, his last year of his contract. bradin oliver is not every down back. pick up this guy is good for the chargers.

  17. Texans anybody? He’s always done well spelling Foster… Who currently needs spelled…

  18. Does anyone wonder any longer why there is no market for high-dollar veteran RBs? Who were the big signings this past offseason – Toby Gerhardt, Ben Tate, and Chris Johnson. Any of those moves pay off for any of those teams.

    The RB position has become the most commoditized of all positions. You draft 1 or 2 young guys per year, sign a veteran for the minimum to teach them the ropes, and you are just as well off as most of the other teams out there.

  19. Rookies Crowell and West were just wayyyy out-performing him. He was lucky he still had a role at all after the way those guys played while he was injured early in the year. Then he gets outplayed game after game and complains about not playing more.

    See ya Ben

  20. What kind of spoiled, self-satisfied person whines so badly that they whine right out of a job and onto the street? The me-first behavior in the league is so tiresome.

    Saw a guy last night celebrate a tackle. Not a sack, not a TD, not a fumble recovery – a garden-variety tackle. These guys need to be slapped around by the ghost of Vince Lombardi.

    Shut yer yap, quit dancing and do yer job!

  21. Carolina Panthers….here’s your shot…Williams is older, Stewart isn’t that good anymore either. Tate would be an immediate starter and would help take pressure off Cam.

  22. Tate was one of the top free agent RBs on the market at the end of last season. There was demand for his services and that’s why the Browns outbid other teams and paid him a $2.5M. To cut him now it says that either he’s a cancer in the locker room or more likely, he’s not all that good.
    Message to Ben – don ‘t splash your money around, invest carefully, your career may be limited.

  23. Chargers, Ravens, Colts, Broncos, knock yourself out. This guy is fragile and cant stay on the field. This year… injured. Last year … injured. Year before … well you get the idea.

  24. Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano, Ravens are actually set on RBs, the only value he would have to them is for finding out what the tape doesn’t show in the Browns. Colts and Broncos have bigger needs, but there is a list that he goes thru first.

  25. The new Cleveland Browns win and lose as a team. Ben Tate clearly was not a team guy.

    I think this move was made to send a message to those who remain: There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Ray Farmer.

  26. Ryan Grigson is foaming at the mouth right now in Indy. That guy is obsessed with former Browns players. He can just add Tate to the list of Richardson, Jackson, Lewis and now Josh Cribbs (not to mention Chud). I bet he can’t wait to Hasselbeck retires so he can finally sign Brady Quinn.

  27. There’s a reason the Texans let him walk, and now Cleveland just figured it out as well.
    He lost his job, not only because he lacked vision, but because he couldn’t stay healthy and wouldn’t shut up.

    When he was drafted, HE was to be the lead bull, NOT Foster, but he lost his spot after he hurt his leg in preseason, and Arian never gave it back!

    Now he doesn’t have Kubiak’s skirt to hide under and he’s exposed for being just what he is:
    A mediocre back with decent speed but horrible endurance.

    Good luck in Indy.

  28. youreinthejunglebaby says:
    Nov 18, 2014 12:10 PM
    How cute. The Clowns finally figured out what the entire league knew in the offseason, Tate is not a starter or worth starter money. Joke of an organization.
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    2.5 million is starter money?

  29. He will have to go to a zone running team..he’s a cut back runner..not sure if he can make it as a power scheme runner.

  30. He won’t come to the Steelers, we have a feature back (and a scat back). He would be second fiddle here too, like Blount was.

  31. ” Last week, he said that he didn’t sign up to be a member of the three-man weave at the running back position.”……………………..Well then maybe Mr. Glass should have played better and he could have been the lead dog.

  32. Makes no sense. He had limited role behind Foster, no complaints.. and ran well when Foster went injury prone. He must think that gave him value. Could be a good back, maybe starter? Case of swollen head…

  33. As a Ravens fan, I don’t think the Ravens should pick up Tate. They already have Forsett, Pierce, and lorenzo taliaferro. Why pick up Tate whose going to have the same role as he did with the Browns? Doesn’t make much sense to me…

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    As a Ravens’ fan, I couldn’t disagree more. Ben Tate has played for Kubiak before, and Forsett has been in worse situations than this one for Tate as far as interest goes. Cut Pierce, he does nothing for me, and Tate would be an upgrade.

  34. As a Ravens’ fan, I couldn’t disagree more. Ben Tate has played for Kubiak before, and Forsett has been in worse situations than this one for Tate as far as interest goes. Cut Pierce, he does nothing for me, and Tate would be an upgrade.
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    Ah, I don’t know…….Pierce is doing the crybaby thing right now, but bringing in Tate at this stage of the season is iffy at best. To me, Pierce and Tate are about the same, but at least Pierce has been part of the team for 2+ years.

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