Considered by many to be the best running back option that will be available when free agency starts Tuesday afternoon, Ben Tate wanted to make it known that he sees himself as an elite NFL back and that whoever signs him will not be sorry. He also made it clear that he sees his time with the Texans as over. "I'm very grateful for the Texans selecting me and giving me an opportunity coming out of college," Tate said. "Without a doubt I'm very grateful for that. I just see it as a chapter closing in my life and opening a new chapter."
WIth starting RB Arian Foster missing half the season due to injury, Tate led the Texans in rushing in 2013, amassing 771 yards on 181 carries (4.3 ypc), adding four rushing touchdowns.
I'm anxious to see where Tate lands. He has definitely shown, when given the opportunity, that he can be a productive back in the league. His career average of 4.7 yards per carry is impressive and probably the most telling statistic when trying to project his value. With a 300 carry season behind the right O-line, Tate could easily be a 1,300-1,400 yard running back.