The Cleveland Browns cut running back Ben Tate on Tuesday, deciding to go with rookie running backs seven months after signing Tate to be their veteran starter.
Tate had fallen out of the starting lineup in recent weeks and his production didn’t match that of third-round rookie Terrance West and undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell, who made his first start last weekend.
"With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward."
All players are subject to the NFL’s waiver system after the trade deadline, meaning Tate is not a free agent.
Tate started six of the eight games he appeared in this season with the Browns. He signed for $1 million guaranteed this season and got a $1.5 million signing bonus in March after four years with the Texans.
He rushed for 333 yards with four touchdowns and added nine receptions for 60 yards but averaged just 2.2 yards per carry over the last six games.
The Browns have a third rookie running back on the roster, Glenn Winston, though he does not have a carry. Winston was acquired via waivers at the end of the preseason.