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Cleveland Browns Looking at Trade for Ben Tate: Fan’s Reaction
On Wednesday, March 14, NationalFootballAuthority.com reported that the Cleveland Browns are interested in trading for Houston Texans running back Ben Tate. The Texans re-signed Arian Foster to a long-term deal early in the off-season which makes Tate more expendable.
I've wanted the Browns to take Alabama RB Trent Richardson with the fourth overall pick in the draft since the season ended. I think he's one of the best talents to come out of college in his position since Adrian Peterson left Oklahoma. Many experts believe that clubs should never take an RB that high in the draft, but when a player like Richardson comes around, you almost have to pick him.
Richardson is the unique package of speed, quickness and toughness which makes him a future star. He runs low, has great vision, and is solid out of the backfield. I think the Browns would be foolish to pass on him, unless they find a deal that could seal up a major hole on the roster. I think that deal could be a trade for Ben Tate.
Though he's not as explosive as Richardson, Tate is an outstanding talent who would feature well in the Browns offense. He ran for 942 yards on just 175 carries for a 5.4 yards-per-carry average and four touchdowns in 2011. Tate also exhibited some pass catching skills late in the season and finished with 13 receptions for 98 yards.
I don't want the Browns to pass on Richardson, but if they can get a playmaker like Tate and still keep the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, then I think they should go for it. If the Browns can get Tate and select Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon with their pick, they would have two explosive players to help quarterback Colt McCoy for at least the next five years.
A deal for Tate would give the team some options. Of course, that depends on what the Browns send the Texans. Let's speculate (and only speculate) that Cleveland sends Houston a third-round pick. The Browns could also pass on Blackmon and trade down hoping to get Michael Floyd. That would also leave the team with plenty of flexibility for the rest of the first two rounds.
I think Trent Richardson would look outstanding in a Browns' uniform, but if the team can make a deal that would help add more playmakers to the roster, then it's time to get it done. Hopefully, the Browns can make the deal for Tate and get the ball rolling for 2012 and beyond.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Derek Ciapala grew up in a family of Cleveland Browns' fans. He has been following the Browns since 1987 and still hopes to see the team play in the Super Bowl one day. You can follow him on Twitter @dciapala.
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