RB Ben Tate: 'Odds are I won't be back' with Texans next season

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Ben Tate probably won't be in Houston next season. (USATSI)
Ben Tate probably won't be in Houston next season. (USATSI)

Ben Tate spent much of his season playing with four cracked ribs before finally relenting and going on the IR list after he broke a fifth rib. And if you asked the Texans running back, he'd tell you that's probably the last you'll see of him in a Houston uniform.

Tate, who made $630,000 in the final season of his contract, will be a free agent this offseason, and he doesn't anticipate a return to the Texans locker room.

To wit:

After having to replace Arian Foster, who missed eight games, at the starting spot, Tate gained 771 yards (with a 4.3 yards per carry average) with four touchdowns to go with 31 catches.

Though Tate acquitted himself well this season, the 25-year-old most certainly will want to find an opportunity where he can find a starting job. With Foster signed through 2016 -- and owed about $18 million between now and then -- that seems unlikely to happen in Houston.

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