Report: Ben Tate could sign with Browns on Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
The Browns could sign free agent running back Ben Tate as early as Saturday, according to WKNR-AM, which is further reporting that the contract would be filled with incentives that would require him to stay healthy. Tate reportedly visited the team on Thursday. He also tweeted a photo of the Terminal Tower on the Cleveland skyline, providing more of an indication of his leanings.
Tate will finally receive an opportunity to serve as a featured back. He has averaged 4.7 yards per rush as a backup to Arian Foster. He ran in a system similar to the one Browns new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to use.
The Browns are desperate for a productive back, which they haven't had since Peyton Hillis ran wild in 2010. They have not employed a consistent 1,000-yard back since returning to Cleveland in 1999.
Free-agent wide receiver Julian Edelman may be staying with the Patriots after all, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Friday. Edelman, who turned down a three-year deal earlier this week, is working on a new contract with the Patriots.
Edelman has spent his entire career with the Patriots, recording 174 receptions for 1,770 yards over five seasons. He is still keeping his options open and will visit the 49ers this weekend and will be closely monitored by the Browns.
Former 49ers backup running back Anthony Dixon tweeted Friday that he'll sign a deal with the Bills Saturday morning, per The Buffalo News. Dixon, a free agent, visited the team on Friday before reaching an agreement.
He rushed for 56 yards and two touchdown behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter with the Niners.
The Raiderssigned free agent defensive end Antonio Smith on Friday, the team announced. Smith has 41.5 career sacks. He registered posted 50 tackles (27 solo), five sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed last season with the Texans.