NFL: Running back Tate signs with Browns

Posted: March 17, 2014

Ben Tate signed a two-year, $7 million free-agent deal on Saturday with the Cleveland Browns, who have been desperate to find a quality every-down running back since trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis early last season.

The 25-year-old Tate, who spent the last four years with Houston, is excited to begin a new chapter with the Browns.

"I feel like now that I've been given this opportunity that I can be one of the top backs in the league," he said in a teleconference. "I'm going to let my play speak for itself. But I want it to be known that I do feel like I'm a guy who's going to be a top 10, top 8, [or] top 5 running back."

Tate has averaged 4.7 yards per carry during his career, and had been linked to the Browns almost from the moment they made the shocking deal to send Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick. Cleveland considered trading for Tate but decided to wait until he was available as a free agent.

Miller staying in Seattle

Zach Miller will stay with the Seattle Seahawks after the tight end agreed to restructure his contract in an effort to free up salary cap room for the Super Bowl champions. The team confirmed the deal. Terms were not available.

Elsewhere: The Raiders agreed on a two-year deal to keep free-agent safety Usama Young after an injury-shortened first year in Oakland. . . . Sources told the Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings and left guard Charlie Johnson agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth as much as $5 million. . . . A source says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free- agent safety Roman Harper. . . . The Washington Redskins announced the signing of free-agent cornerback Tracy Porter.

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