Ben Tate Is Now A Minnesota Viking

Adrian Peterson’s suspension has yet to be appealed, but there is very little optimism that he’ll return to the Vikings this season, if ever.  Today, Jerick McKinnon (back) and Matt Asiata (concussion) were both unable to practice.

All of that combined apparently caused the Vikings to evaluate outside options, one of which was former Texans and Browns running back Ben Tate.  Tate was waived by the Browns yesterday after reports of his discontent with his role in Cleveland’s offense were widely distributed.

Tate was selected in the second round of the 2010 Draft by Houston with a pick the Vikings held (but traded away to move up and select Toby Gerhart).  There, injuries and the emergence of Arian Foster limited his production, but he always seemed like a plenty capable spot starter.  His first season in Cleveland obviously didn’t turn out as he had hoped, but at age 26 it seems there may be some value in this move.

He is currently playing under a two year deal worth a total of $6.2 million, but none of his 2015 salary is guaranteed and the Vikings could cut him with minimal (or no) impact to the salary cap depending on the timing.  Tate’s best rushing season came as a rookie when he gained 942 yards (5.4 average) and four touchdowns, but perhaps even more interesting is that last season he caught 34 passes with Houston.

We now have a new running back to consider when predicting the future direction of this Vikings roster, but the short-term possibility that he could be active on Sunday is perhaps even more intriguing.

The Vikings released tight end MarQueis Gray in a corresponding move.

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  1. I like this move,it gives the Vikings 6 games to get a close look at Tate and see if they like him.If they don’t,no harm done,just cut him.If they do like him then work out a deal,save a draft pick,and we have a young experienced RB who could form a nice tandem with Jerrick.As I commented yesterday, I think Peterson is done in Minnesota regardless of any appeals.

  2. Good back when he’s healthy which unfortunately hasn’t been very often. Hopefully he’ll have a ton of incentive to be on the field and put up some good numbers for us.

    1. 70 Toby Gerhart, RB JAX 59 154 2.6 13 0 1 19.3 1 12 That is Toby’s stat line. I don’t think he would be helping at all.

      1. Yeah, Toby has been pretty bad this year. Honestly I’ve never understood why people gave him so much credit while he was here. He was a solid backup but there was nothing spectacular about his game. He tended to get dinged up whenever he had extended action and that has carried over to Jacksonville. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s released after this season.

  3. The last thing we need is another malcontent player causing locker room problems.We have Banyard,Line Felton, and Williams on the PS.Lets play the people we have that are familiar with the system and our qb is familiar with.This season is over, so we may as well activate the PS members and give them some exp.

    1. Which 8 guys do you recommend they cut? You need roster spots if your bringing up practice squad players.

  4. Tate,Wooten,Jennings,Ponder,Kalil,C+T+CharlesJohnson,Berger,Prater,Sherels,Brinkley,Mauti,Hodges.Put some on ir,ps or cut them and re-sign if needed.Kalil is the only one another team might want and he’s a f##k up anyway.Put him on ir and try to trade him at the end of the year.Put Greenway or Robison on ir they would be available if needed.By the way,calm down,I’m just venting!