Houston placed Tate on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after he reportedly suffered another broken rib. Tate was already playing through four cracked ribs, so this paired with the fact that they have nothing to play for at this point in the season made this a pretty easy decision to make.
Tate, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that sources have informed him that the Cleveland Browns are “one of several teams” that are interested in possibly signing Tate this offseason.
The Browns traded Trent Richardson for a 2014 first-round pick, which currently looks like a steal. As of now, they really do not have a long-term option at running back, so it makes sense that they would consider one of the best available free agents given that they are projected to have over $20 million in available cap space.
We have Tate listed as the No. 43 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.