Ben Tate, Browns agree to a two-year deal

Free-agent running back Ben Tate has found a new home. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tate and the Browns have agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $7 million.

Since Tate had been in Cleveland since Thursday, the move was expected, but he's an excellent fit in the Browns' offense under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who uses a similar zone-blocking scheme that was used in Houston.

Tate has averaged 4.73 yards per carry over his four-year career and has been productive when given an expanded opportunity (primarily due to Arian Foster injuries).

That said, he has dealt with his own share of injuries. Since being drafted in the second round in 2010, Tate has played only 40 games in four seasons.

In need of an upgrade at running back, the Browns were led in rushing in 2013 by 33-year-old Willis McGahee: 377 yards on 138 carries (2.7 YPC). After McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya (240 rushing yards) and Edwin Baker (171) were second and third on the team.

Before the start of free agency, Tate was my RB24 in my updated fantasy rankings. With the good fit and lead role in the Browns' rushing offense, Tate will be pushed up about five or six spots in my next rankings update to the RB18-RB20 range.





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