Having lost their old franchise back this week, the Vikings are taking a chance on a guy who thought he was somebody else’s.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Vikings have claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Browns.
Even though Tate’s a vested veteran, all players released after the trade deadline have to pass through waivers, to prevent shenanigans.
He should lend some heft to the Vikings’ ground game, which has managed sufficiently without Adrian Peterson this year, with Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon filling in.
Tate signed with the Browns this offseason, thinking he’d be the lead back after sitting behind Arian Foster for four years in Houston.
That didn’t last long, as rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West took on a larger share of the load, which led to some complaints from Tate. Those complaints came to a head yesterday when he was released.
Tate has shown workhorse ability in the past, and it’s a low-risk move for the Vikings now.