The Cowboys continue to eye the free agent market for possible options at running back, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com, who reports (via Twitter) that Ben Tate is working out for Dallas today.
Tate, 26, was viewed as a potential breakout candidate heading into the 2014 season, as he finally stepped out from Arian Foster‘s shadow after spending four years as the backup in Houston. However, after signing with the Browns, Tate underwhelmed, and was eclipsed on Cleveland’s depth charts by rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.
The Browns opted to part ways with Tate in November, at which point three teams put in claims for the running back, with the Vikings landing him. Tate wasn’t any more impressive for Minnesota though, and was cut by the club before Week 17.
The former Auburn standout received one more opportunity in the postseason, signing with the Steelers and seeing five carries in Pittsburgh’s Wild Card loss to the Ravens. He’s now an unrestricted free agent, and – unsurprisingly – he’s generating much less interest this offseason than he did a year ago.
Still, a team like the Cowboys might be a fit for the former Texan. The club figures to have a few backfield players vying for touches, but none are necessarily viewed as clear-cut No. 1 backs. Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar, Ryan Williams, and free agent signee Darren McFadden are currently expected to be in the mix for carries in Dallas.
While Tate is one of the more notable running backs still available, he’s far from the only recognizable player on the free agent market. Steven Jackson, and Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas, and Ahmad Bradshaw are among the other veterans still looking for new homes.