Cleveland Browns sign running back Ben Tate

Last Updated: 25/03/14 9:27am

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Ben Tate: Free agent signs deal with Cleveland Browns

Ben Tate: Free agent signs deal with Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent running back Ben Tate on a two-year contract.

Tate's deal will earn him around $7m with the Browns securing the top-rated rusher remaining on the market.

The 25-year-old is the third major signing Cleveland have made in free agency, adding to their previous deals with safety Donte Whitner and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.

It also ends their search for a replacement for Trent Richardson, who the Browns traded to the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013-14 season for valuable picks in the forthcoming rookie draft.

Tate played 40 times for the Houston Texans, his career often blighted by injury, but when he was fit he proved one of the league's most valuable back-ups when filling in for Arian Foster.

With Foster out of the line-up for most of last season, Tate compiled career highs in carries (181) and touchdowns (four), rushing for 771 yards in total before going on injured reserve with cracked ribs.

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