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.