The Oakland Raiders aren’t accustomed to having a surplus of money to spend on free agents. However, 2014 will be a different story as the Raiders finally have a few awful contracts coming off the books at the end of the year, which means new blood for the folks in Oakland. With the Raiders’ defense getting more and more horrendous by the week, it’s expected that general manager Reggie McKenzie will be doing a fair share of spending on the defensive side of the ball.
With that being said, what are the Raiders going to at running back? Not only is Darren McFadden a free agent after the 2013 season, so too is back-up Rashad Jennings. That leaves all-purpose fullback Marcel Reece and Latavius Murray as the lone backs for the Raiders.
Needless to say, Oakland would be very wise to at least kick the tires on free-agent-to-be Ben Tate. At 25 years old, Tate is going to be the most talked-about free agent running back this offseason, and rightfully so. Despite being Arian Foster‘s back-up for the last three seasons, Tate has managed to rack up nearly 2,000 yards rushing in a mere nine NFL starts!
Many Raiders fans will see Tate’s spotty health over the years and say “no thank you,” but it’s not quite that simple. You see: Tate has way less mileage on him than McFadden, meaning the former is not going to miss upwards of 10 games a year like the ladder. Besides, Tate is a heavy-hitting back that would fit perfectly with the Raiders’ top-tier offensive line.