The Cleveland Browns have made a stunning move and decided to waive running back Ben Tate, the team announced on Tuesday.
This comes following another game in which Tate was a non-factor in the offensive gameplan, as Cleveland is now using rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West more. Tate played sparingly in the Browns' 23-7 loss to the Texans on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Crowell started and West was the second halfback in the game.
Tate, who signed a two-year, $6.2 million free-agent deal in March, had a career-worst minus-9 yards on two attempts against the Texans.
The Browns rushed for just 58 yards on 24 carries in the loss to the Texans. They're averaging just 2.4 yards per carry since All-Pro center Alex Mack broke his leg in the Oct. 12 win over the Steelers. It's also helped lead to the losing games against the Jaguars and Texans, which they frankly should have won.
Since rushing for a career-high 124 yards against the Titans on Oct. 5, the veteran back has rushed for more than 36 yards in a game only once. During Cleveland's most recent win over the Bengals on Thursday Night Football, Tate got 10 carries for 34 yards and one score. That was fewer carries than rookies Terrance West (26) and Isaiah Crowell (12), though Tate also caught two passes for 26 yards.
It's likely a team will either claim him or sign him at some point this year, as he's good enough to start for several teams.