The Browns have already announced the release of RB Ben Tate.
NEWS: Browns waive Ben Tate
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 18, 2014
Tate, 26, signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract that included $2.5 million guaranteed with Cleveland back in March, but he has fallen behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West on the team’s depth chart.
Tate publicly complained about his role with the team, so this could be a response from the team.
Field Yates mentions that any team placing a waiver claim for Tate will have to pay him his $352,941 in guarantees plus his per-game roster bonuses of $46,875. Yates adds that there are no guarantees included in his contract in 2015.
This move will free up $2.95 million in available cap space, but also create $750,000 in dead money, according to OverTheCap.com.
This season, Tate has ran for 333 yards on 106 carries (3.1 YPC) and caught nine passes for 60 yards to go along with four total touchdowns.
You would have to think a team like the Colts, who have a need at running back following the loss of Ahmad Bradshaw, would take a look at Tate. The Ravens could be another team to keep an eye on as Tate is familiar with Gary Kubiak’s offensive system from their time in Houston.