Ben Tate looks ready to find a team of his own. While rushing for over 900 yards and five yards per carry as a backup and spot starter for the Houston Texans, Tate proved he has the ability of a feature back.
With Matt Forte and Ray Rice likely locked up, Tate might be the most attractive running back available in the offseason. The Texans could get a nice draft pick for the second-year back.
However, in spite of his backup status to Arian Foster, backs like Tate do not grow on trees. Assuming the Texans re-sign Foster, they are only one bad hit or wrong cut away from relying on Tate to carry the offense.
Tate will only count for about $500,000 against the cap in the next two years, so I expect the Texans to keep him around. He will help keep Foster fresh and will start if the money back goes down again. Expect him to be one of the league's most coveted free agents in the 2013 offseason.
Think Michael Turner in 2008. Tate could have that kind of effect with his new team.
Trade Probability: five percent