— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 19, 2014
Reports from Tuesday night mentioned that Tate was unlikely to be claimed by the Colts, even though they were believed to have interest. The Vikings are No. 10 in the waiver priority.
This move is obviously in response to the news that Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season.
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.
Yates pointed out on Tuesday that a team claiming Tate off of waivers 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.