- Cole specifically mentions the Raiders, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Titans and Jets the teams that could come away with Tate on Wednesday.
- Cole mentions that Tate will not be going to a contender.
We’ll have more updates regarding Tate as the news is available.
Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report, citing a source close to free agent Ben Tate, reports that a team with a higher waiver priority than the Indianapolis Colts will claim Tate off of waivers on Wednesday.
The Colts are currently No. 21 in the NFL’s waiver priority.
According to Ian Rapoport, the order for teams to claim players is: OAK, JAX, TB, TEN, NYJ, WAS, NYG, CAR, ATL, MIN, CHI, NO, STL, HOU, BUF, CLE, SD, SEA, BAL, MIA, IND, SF, PIT, CIN, DAL, DET, GB, PHI, KC, DEN, NE, and AZ.
Fowler adds that the Colts are looking into Tate’s “character and potential fit” in their offensive scheme
- Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Colts to have interest in Tate.
- However, Cabot expects them to wait and see if Tate clears waivers before they consider the idea of signing him to a contract.
- Cabot adds that the Broncos are not interested in signing Tate to a contract, despite their injuries at the running back position.
- Scott Brown reported that the Steelers are not interested in signing Tate, even though they waived RB LeGarrette Blount earlier in the day.
Tate, 26, signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract that included $2.5 million guaranteed with Cleveland back in March, but had fallen behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West on the team’s depth chart. On top of that, Tate publicly complained about his role within the Browns’ offense, which likely played a role in him being cut.
Field Yates points out that any team placing a waiver claim on Tate will have to pay him the remaining $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 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.
The Ravens are one team ahead of the Colts who could have interest as their aren’t all that deep at running back and Tate is familiar with Gary Kubiak‘s offensive system from their time in Houston.