Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers after he was cut by Browns

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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.

56 responses to “Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers after he was cut by Browns

  1. It sure looks as if the Vikings have no intentions of putting Adrian Peterson back on the active roster whenever he is eligible even though they seem to project having mixed emotions.

    They sure will try and get something of value for him though….only to eventually have to just let him go. Cowards. No spine. No loyalty.

    Nowhere does “Hey, It’s a business” fit better than in Minnesota.

  2. After losing Adrian for the season to that cretin g****ll, this makes sense… it was either him or Blount, and when you hear teammates saying it was addition by subtraction, the choice was obvious. Instant upgrade over Asiata.

  3. The final piece to yet another last place finish for the Minnesota Vikings.

    Can’t wait to hear from all those Vikings fans about how awesome the next draft class is gonna be again.

  4. Well, Indy, that means you get Blount.
    He’s probably Irsay’s preference anyway. They could have a great time together.

  5. I was hoping the Vikings would put in a claim for him. Good low cost chance to see what he can do for the remainder of the season. Could be a solid player in Norv Turners offense.

  6. It doesn’t make much sense. McKinnon is the future of the Vikings and the Vikings aren’t making the playoffs this year.
    They should be feeding the ball to McKinnon to give him experience.

    It may be low risk but they will get the same result as throwing money out the window.

  7. They’ve already said they have no intentions on trading or releasing AP. I like the pick up, Asiata is primary Goal line and McKinnon couldn’t break a tackle if his life depended on it!

  8. Tate is done if he ever got started, you combine all three RB’s on the Vikes roster now and they won’t even be able to hold AP’s jock strap. It may get nasty pretty darn quick Sunday.

  9. Interesting signing, though I would prefer to see McKinnon run the ball as much as possible. Meanwhile, saundman2000 is offended that the Vikings might not commit to AD (abusive dad) for roughly twice as much as a running back is worth into the indefinite future. Seems reasonable; it’s not like you’d want to use that $15 million you save by cutting AD to put a decent o-line and receivers around the franchise qb you’re trying to develop.

  10. McKinnon and Asiata both sat out practice today due to injuries so they need the depth. If he turns out to be something more…even better.

  11. Who’d they cut? this seems a bit late — I can’t imagine they ever realistically thought AP was going to be allowed to play this year.

  12. This should work well. Tate was whining about the weather in Cleveland. Maybe he can talk his way into a trade to Buffalo before the weekend.

  13. He is a good back, he just needs to stop thinking he is a Great back. Good pickup for the Vikes, he will help, if he keeps his mouth shut.

  14. Nice! I really liked him in Houston. Low Risk – why not? Next year pick up Marshawn from our farm league in the west.

  15. I know there are a lot of fans upset by the whole Peterson thing, but there is some pretty good silver lining.

    While Peterson had great talent, its proven that it takes more than RBs to win championships. The Vikings with McKinnon and Asiata have decent production. They may not get the home run plays as frequent as AP.

    They can get him off the books and in my opinion Jennings should be right behind him 6 TDs in the 25 games. Thats One TD for every 3 Million guaranteed.

    If the Vikings are going to get contenders in the NFC they need to do a lot better job drafting. Trading back into the first round isn’t working out, and its burning extra picks where they could add depth on that OL, more consistant WRs or Secondary that is lacking.

    Next season is a chance for new starts for a lot of people that need it. Good luck.

  16. Low-risk for the Vikings maybe, but High Risk for Tate.

    He was supposed to be the lead back in Houston… got beat out and sat behind Foster for 4 years…

    He was supposed to be the lead back in Cleveland… got out-played by 2 rookies and had to sit. Then complained about not playing enough when he’s getting outplayed and the Browns are actually winning.

    Don’t see this ending well for Tate.

  17. Man…… he probably didn’t think it could get much worse than being cut by the Browns….

    Then he gets claimed by the Vikings. Ouch. I feel sorry for the poor guy.

  18. Gets cut by team due to whining about not being the lead back.

    Gets picked up by team where he wont be the lead back.

    Makes sense.

  19. If I am Oakland, with priority of waivers, and I am 0-10 and a turn, I do ANYTHING as a test to begin evaluating for next season.

    Hello… pick these guys up, dump Jones Drew and McFadden, nothing to lose.

    (I dont doubt for a second McFadden will be on a new team next year and will have three+ 100 yard games.)

  20. “Well, Indy, that means you get Blount…..” Look at the stats! TRich is having, by his standards, a MONSTER year. Almost 3.5 YPC and almost 44 Yards per game. Not a bad set of downs for one of the top backs!

  21. He doesn’t replace Adrian Peterson. He gives the Vikings 3 backs for the rest of 2014. He will be gone next year. Unless they drop Asiata or McKinnon, which is unlikely.

  22. The guy they should really be signing is Samkon Gado — he’s fit and ready and anxious for another chance.

  23. Good choice by the Vikings. Good luck, Ben. Maybe the change of scene will help you recover your intensity and drive.

  24. Just because dumb fans keep saying that the Vikings are super bowl bound surely shows that we have a lot of dumb fans. I knew from day one we hired Zimmer that we wouldn’t be going to the playoffs anytime soon. Our team is in its trial an error phase. Most teams go through it and some are lucky to be hot off the gates. The trail and error stage is seeing who you got that you inherited from the previous regime and who you signed and drafted. After a year of knowing what you have to work with and not the next two years are the most critical of any new coach. In this phase you start making critical choices and figuring out who fits in the schemes on offense and defense after seeing a year of production. So the Vikings are just figuring out things and by 2017 if we don’t make the playoffs then its back to the drawing board.

  25. sdsmooth says:
    Nov 19, 2014 4:32 PM
    The final piece to yet another last place finish for the Minnesota Vikings.

    Can’t wait to hear from all those Vikings fans about how awesome the next draft class is gonna be again.

    and the one after that.

  26. brownsclown says:
    Nov 19, 2014 4:27 PM

    Tate is about as far away from AP in skills as you can get. LOL!
    ——————-
    Really? I didn’t realize that. You are an absolute genius.

  27. nicofthenorthstar says: Nov 19, 2014 4:47 PM

    Interesting signing, though I would prefer to see McKinnon run the ball as much as possible. Meanwhile, saundman2000 is offended that the Vikings might not commit to AD (abusive dad) for roughly twice as much as a running back is worth into the indefinite future. Seems reasonable; it’s not like you’d want to use that $15 million you save by cutting AD to put a decent o-line and receivers around the franchise qb you’re trying to develop.
    ———————–
    Oh yeah, show me a team that got themselves a nice 0-line and WR’s with 15 million…

    As for others thinking the 2, now 3 running backs are doing a good enough job, did you watch the last game? They couldn’t even run through the Bears!

  28. Now that the vikings are not paying their suspended running back they can afford Ben Tate.

    I really feel sorry for Ben Tate. Hopefully in the offseason not too many teams hold signing with the vikings against him. Sad to see his career going downhill like this.

  29. Have to laugh at all the trolls saying crap like “this will fix it” or “that will start the dynasty”. With the exception of a possibly delusional Tate, no one anywhere is saying this is anything more than adding some depth at a position with a couple of slightly nicked up players. Pretty much what ANY midseason waiver claim is.

    And, the few that are saying Tate was dumb to sign with the Vikes, um,…duh, you are idiots. It was a waiver claim. Tate had no choice in this, unless he would choose to retire.

  30. With AP traded or cut, and Asiata a free agent at season end this is great low risk pick up. Tate and McKinnon will make a nice one two punch next season.

  31. I guess the question, Could it get any worse? was just answered for Ben Tate. Yes, as bad as Cleveland is, Minnesota is a dumpster fire as compared to just having the lake on fire.

  32. They has talent, he was a 2nd round pick just 4 years ago. It didn’t cost them anything (i.e. draft pick) and he no doubt has something the prove. He also fills a void that Asiata and McKinnon have tried to fill (admirably), but one is classic short yardage back and the other a very good 3rd down back. Tate is basically a faster Asiata and between all 3 give the Vikings more options. Nice pickup.

    As for Peterson, the Vikings showed their loyalty by paying him for 9 games while he was out. They have stood by him every way. This pickup has nothing to do with Peterson’s future, it is all about this year.

  33. Why? Mckinnon is the future there. Let the kid continue to get more involved in their play calling (when NORV finally realizes the kid can be something special) and reap the rewards when he’s making life easier on the qb like their former rb did.

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