Business might have just picked up in Berea. After being relatively quiet all day, Twitter has burst with reports that the Browns are engaging the Texans to get Ben Tate. While there isn’t a lot of activity around this rumor just yet, it fits perfectly with Tom Heckert and the Browns’ M.O.
From Auburn, Ben Tate is 23. He is 5’11” tall and 219 pounds. Most importantly he is on a four-year $3.337 million contract that won’t see him hitting free agency until 2014.
In 2011 he carried the ball 175 times for 942 yards behind a stout Texans line. Unless you think all that production is tied directly to Lawrence Vickers, (I kid!) this is exactly the kind of move you’d like to see the Browns make. Tate would come in and provide an option that would keep the Browns away from Trent Richardson in the draft and allow them to take the best player available without worrying about a gaping hole in the backfield behind the QB.
No word yet on what the Texans might be seeking in return.
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