Earlier today a report out of Cleveland rumored the Cleveland Browns were interested in a trade with the Houston Texans for backup running back Ben Tate. With Arian Foster receiving a new contract shortly before free agency began, Tate might be interested in going to a team as their number 1 running back. Browns running back Peyton Hillis signed today with the Chiefs opening up the possibility of trade.
I have heard some rumblings recently that the Browns may explore a trade with Houston for backup running back Ben Tate. When asked about that possibility, a league source said, “I haven’t heard anything along those lines but let’s put it this way it wouldn’t surprise me.” – Will Burge, ESPN ClevelandAdvertisement
The Houston Texans are in a good position to make this deal happen and should jump on it. If the Browns are looking for a starting running back, Tate is their man. The Cleveland Browns currently hold 2 first round draft picks. It may be out of the question for the Texans to get the number 4 spot from the Browns but gaining at least number 22 would not be bad. That would give the Texans another opportunity to pick up another offensive lineman in the event there is further loss on the offensive line.
The Texans really need to push hard to sign Center Chris Meyers (who is currently talking to other teams, Titans included http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/14/free-agent-center-chris-myers-to-visit-titans-on-thursday/) and right guard Mike Brisiel. If I am Arian Foster, I am having many strong conversations with general manager Rick Smith along those lines. Why would you make a deal to lock in Foster for 5 years and put him behind 3 new offensive linemen? We know Eric Winston is already gone, it may only be a matter of time before the Texans lose the entire right side of their line. If they can keep these guys up front in tact, that opens up more possibilities to address other needs in this years NFL draft. Which may be even more important if, or when Mario Williams ends up elsewhere.