Both NFL running backs, Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blount, have been waived by their respective teams.
We have released running back LeGarrette Blount.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2014
NEWS: Browns waive Ben Tate — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 18, 2014
The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday (Nov. 18) that they are dropping Ben Tate from their roster and will be promoting Glenn Winston from the No. 4 tailback to the No. 3. The Browns were not happy with Tate’s performance so far this season and came to the conclusion that it would best be to release him from the team.
Tate had been complaining all last week about his playing time and the organization had had enough. According to ESPN, Tate last week said that he would “be lying” if he said that he was happy with the team’s three-headed running back approach. He was the third running back in relation to Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. After Tate’s performance with -9 yards during last weekend’s loss to the Houston Texans, the organization believed it was best to part from his two-year, $6.2 million contract.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement:
“With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team. This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward.”
Tate is now holding a competition on Twitter offering his Cleveland Browns #44 jersey. He autographed it and will be giving it away to a lucky fan at midnight tonight. He posted the rules on his Twitter account, “RT this by 12am and u might win my signed jersey @fedex#onerate#whatwouldyouship#ad Rules: http://t.co/GR2qRD2Zm3pic.twitter.com/EBpW2aMwZY”
Not only is Tate now subject to the NFL’s waiver system– he didn’t seem to get upset about the news. The Auburn University running is rumored to be a good fit with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And the team just may be interested in picking up the running back since recently parting ways with backup LeGarrette Blount.
Blount has had a rough season with the Steelers so far. There seems to have been internal issues going on between him and the organization. Blount left the field early during the Monday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans. It is believed that he wasn’t happy with the team’s game plan. Blount this season has only touched the football roughly 95 times, nearly half as much as last season when he played for the New England Patriots.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported:
“He dressed and left the locker room, apparently headed for the team bus that would take them to the airport. At least one player thought they should leave him in Nashville.”