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.
Cleaned out my locker going to miss the guys on this team....we have a lot of good ppl on this team and everyone was cool from the....— Ben Tate (@BenTateRB) December 30, 2013
Trainers to the equipment guys always made it a good time while still getting work done being drafted here I learned a lot that I will— Ben Tate (@BenTateRB) December 30, 2013
Carry on for the rest of my career thanks Htown for all the support but odds are I won't be back— Ben Tate (@BenTateRB) December 30, 2013
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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