2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Ben Tate
5 Potential Landing Spots for Ben Tate
After starting out the season winning their first two games, the Houston Texans have hit an ugly slide, losing their last five games. At 2-5, they must turn this around quickly, if they want to have any chance of reaching the postseason.
Currently in the last season of his contract, backup running back Ben Tate will become a free-agent this offseason. Tate has been one of the best back-up running backs in the league for the past couple of seasons and it is expected that he will land a starting gig when he hits the open market.
With the struggles that Houston has gone through this season, a playoff run seems incredibly unlikely. That added to the fact that Tate will be looking for a starting job this offseason, the Texans might as well look to trade Tate before the October 29 trade deadline.
Tate is a nice, balanced runner that has a good combination of power and speed. He is not a burner, but he does have solid speed. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield. I think that Tate is a good running back and certainly has the talent to be starting in this league.
Whether it be a team looking for a new starting running back, or a contending squad looking to solidify their back-up, I think there will be plenty of interest in Tate. The Texans may not bring in a huge haul, but it is better than nothing, which is what they will get when he leaves for free agency this offseason. Here are five teams who I could see trading for Tate before the deadline.
5. Miami Dolphins
At 3-3, the Miami Dolphins are still very much alive in the AFC East. The defense has been solid and the passing game is pretty good, the part of this team that appears to be lacking is the running game.
Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas have shared the duties for the Dolphins thus far, and both have been average. Miller is a nice speed back, but the Dolphins do not seem to be confident that he can handle a full load of carries. Thomas has been decent, but he simply does not have the talent to be a legitimate starting running back in this league. Tate and Miller would seem to make a nice running-back combination for the Dolphins and could be enough to put them over the top.
4. Dallas Cowboys
With the continued health problems of DeMarco Murray, the Dallas Cowboys would love to solidify the running back position behind Murray. Tate would be a good fit for that, and then Dallas would have to make a decision whether they would want to bring him back next season. This would be a move that would protect the Cowboys from their injury-prone starting running back.
3. Cleveland Browns
There have been some whispers that the Cleveland Browns have their eye on Tate. With Willis McGahee currently carrying the load for the Browns, I can see why. I just wonder if a rebuilding franchise will be willing to give up a draft pick for a player that they will have a chance to sign this offseason.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
There may not be one single player in the league that means as much to a team as Jamaal Charles does to the Kansas City Chiefs. Behind Charles on the Chiefs' depth chart is rookie Knile Davis and a second-year back with almost no experience, Cyrus Gray.
If Charles goes down, and he does have a bit of an injury history, the 7-0 Chiefs are in trouble. That offense has been completely built around Charles. Tate would be a fine backup option if Charles was to go down. As long as the price is right, I think trading for Tate makes a ton of sense for Kansas City.
1. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals have been pretty decent this season as their 3-4 record shows. They have a strong defense and some weapons in the passing game, but Rashard Mendenhall is simply not the answer at running back.
Mendenhall is only averaging 3.1 yards per carry and he looks slow and worn down. The Cardinals have gotten nice production out of rookie Andre Ellington, but he is more of a change-of-pace guy. I think that Tate would be a fantastic addition for the Cardinals for this season and it would give them a leg up in negotiations this offseason. Tate and Ellington would make for a great running back duo and I think the Cardinals would greatly benefit from it.