5 Potential Landing Spots for Ben Tate in 2014
5 Teams That Could Make a Run At Ben Tate in 2014
You might be thinking 'it's way too early to be talking about 2014 free agency'. There's definitely a solid case to be made for that. However, it would be shocking if Ben Tate wasn't already thinking about his future. Maybe it's not on the forefront of his mind, but he's thinking about it.
Tate is of course in the final year of his rookie contract with the Houston Texans. With the Texans sitting at 2-7 and nowhere near the playoff picture, 2014 is likely on more minds than just Tate's in Houston. So it's with that reality, that we'll take a look at five potential landing spots for the soon to be free agent running back.
Running backs certainly aren't anywhere near as valuable as they once were. Ten, even five years ago, running backs landed big money deals all the time. Now, it takes a top-tier guy before teams are willing to fork over the big bucks. You can't call Tate a top-tier guy at this point in his career, but he does have the potential to become one.
That's the thing about Tate, we really don't know how good he can be, because he's always been behind Arian Foster in Houston. But with Foster undergoing back surgery to repair a bulging disc, you have to wonder if the Texans will pay up to bring Tate back, just so they have an insurance policy in place.
It's safe to say that the Texans have some big questions to address this offseason. But if they decide to pass on Tate or he decides he's done in Houston, here are five teams that could pick him up:
The Dolphins are a mess right now and they aren't getting any production from their backfield. Lamar Miller hasn't panned out to be the back they thought he would be, so it's possible Tate could take his talents to South Beach if the Dolphins open up their checkbook.
MJD is almost certainly done in Jacksonville, so the Jags will likely be in the market for another RB in 2014. You'd have to think they're going after QB and OL help early in next year's draft, so Tate might be a solid way for them to bolster their backfield.
The Steven Jackson experiment has failed in a big way in the ATL. The Falcons signed him to a three-year deal this past offseason, but he's a candidate to be cut in 2014. Tate is much younger than Jackson and would provide the Falcons with more of a long-term solution at RB.
Darren McFadden is set to be a free agent as well this upcoming offseason and there's now way he'll be back in Oakland. If any team is going to overpay for Tate, it's the Raiders.
New York Giants
The New York football Giants have had problems at running back all season long in 2013. David Wilson can't hold onto the football and now he's on the shelf with a neck injury. If the Giants still aren't sold on Wilson long-term, Tate would be a solid fit in New York.