The Browns are excited about rookie tailback Terrance West but free agent pickup Ben Tate isn’t concerned about the competition, write Nate Ulrich and George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon-Journal.
“I’m not worried about that because I know when I’m on my game – I respect every running back here – but there’s no one that can really touch me or that’s close to what I do,” Tate said. “So honestly, I mean I’m not worried really about that. I battled in and out every day with what some people consider the best running back in the league — Arian Foster. I’ve seen the best. I went against him every day. I battled it. So this around here to me is really not anything.”
Here’s more from around the league:
- There needs to be more oversight when it comes to player-agent money dealings, writes Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. There was some light shed on this issue earlier this week when DeSean Jackson and his former agent Drew Rosenhaus clashed and La Canfora urges the NFLPA to prevent more instances of this in the future.
- La Canfora also looks at ownership succession plans for 13 NFL teams. We’ve seen multiple owners pass away in recent years and the CBSSports.com scribe looks at what will happen to teams including the Panthers, Saints, and Bengals when their owners pass or cede control.
- Even after an active offseason, the Raiders still have plenty of cap space, writes Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. Oakland entered the offseason with $60MM+ in cap space and in June the club still has a healthy $10MM in breathing room.
- Former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano has been heavily connected to the Bills and today, Jeff Russo of WKBW (on Twitter) hears that current owner Terry Pegula wants to make a bid. Not only that, Pegula is determined to come out on top.
- The 2015 class of free agent receivers could be loaded, even if some players sign extensions before next winter. In an Insider-only piece for ESPN.com, Mike Sando examines several of the top free-agents-to-be, with Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Michael Crabtree, and a pair of Packers making up the top five.
Zach Links contributed to this post.