Just one day after the Cleveland Browns waived Ben Tate, the veteran running back now has a new home, and it's' not even in the same conference.
Per ESPN's field Yates, the Minnesota Vikings were the team to claim Tate off of waivers. He'll join a backfield where Jerick Mckinnon and Matt Asiata have gotten the bulk of the touches with Adrian Peterson suspended, and since it doesn't look like AP is coming back anytime soon, adding Tate makes a little bit of sense.
Both McKinnon and Asiata did not practice Wednesday while dealing with injuries. McKinnon is dealing with a knee issue, while Asiata is under the NFL's concussion protocol. It's possible Tate joins the team and gets 10-12 touches this week when the Vikings face the Packers.
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. 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. Crowell started and West was the second halfback in the game.
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 only one game.