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RB Ben Tate signs with Browns

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Ben Tate could be moving on to Cleveland. (USATSI)
Ben Tate is moving on to Cleveland. (USATSI)

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The Browns have signed former Texans running back Ben Tate, the team announced Saturday.

Tate is the 62nd-ranked player on the CBSSports.com free agent list, and he's coming off a 771-yard, four-touchdown performance last year in Houston.

Though Tate, who played much of last season with multiple broken ribs, has struggled with his health -- leading to the speculation that the bulk of Tate's contract with Cleveland will be performance-based -- he's confident in his abilities.

"I think I can bring you an elite running back," Tate recently told Fox 26 in Houston. "I've learned a lot being behind Arian [Foster]. Definitely, when I'm healthy I think I'm an elite running back in this league, and I feel like I can show my abilities and my numbers and my play will speak for itself, and guys will be able to see that I am a guy who is a top-five running back in this league, which I believe once I get out there and get to show that on a consistent basis.

"That's something I'm more excited for and something that I'm working hard this offseason just to prove my worth, that I am that person or that player that I think I am."

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