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Tate tweets: 'Odds are I won't be back'

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07:20 AM ET 12.31 | Running back Ben Tate sees himself likely to be departing Houston once he hits free agency. Tate, who finished the year on the injured reserve list with five broken ribs, took to twitter to offer the city of Houston a goodbye. In three tweets, Tate wrote the following: "Cleaned out my locker going to miss the guys on this team....we have a lot of good ppl on this team and everyone was cool from the.... Trainers to the equipment guys always made it a good time while still getting work done being drafted here I learned a lot that I will ... Carry on for the rest of my career thanks Htown for all the support but odds are I won't be back." Tate finished his 2013 season with 771 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He'll certainly be a running back to watch once free agency rolls around.

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December 31, 2013  07:36 AM ET

Count your blessings dude.

December 31, 2013  08:21 AM ET

If I'm Tate I ask the Texans for a 5 year 10 million dollar deal.
Texans would be stupid not to sign a backup with Fosters injury history.
Tate would be stupid to go start somewhere else for 3-4M over 2 years before retiring. He doesn't have the stamina on that knee of his to withstand the hits for more then 2 years. If his SI article was any indication it's bad enough, the doctor put a little bit of pressure and Tate was squirming and cursing him down.
I like Tate, but he's had some terrible luck and he needs to think about his future, he's got a repetoire with Houston and Kubiaks gone so maybe the new HC likes you better. All you have to do is hold onto the 2nd string spot and you get 9M over 5 years (with considerably less taxed then-) instead of 6-8M over 2 years and you get the benefit of maybe going into a TV analyst job afterwards.
Just my take, I know Tate has a bit to much pride to pass up a starting position.

December 31, 2013  09:09 AM ET

From IR to IR Gone.

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December 31, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Houston, so close to the Super Bowl the last few seasons, needs a makeover.But, this guy might be worth keeping.

He's very productive, when healthy. The same can be said of Foster, too.

December 31, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Time for Houston to make a clean break, when the backup breaks down, your losing games!!!

December 31, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Time for Houston to make a clean break, when the backup breaks down, your losing games!!!

Yup. That group took them as far as they were gonna go. Time to move on.

December 31, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yup. That group took them as far as they were gonna go. Time to move on.

Yup...with a new coach time to blow that up too. Wish another team would do the same. <sigh>

December 31, 2013  10:46 AM ET

And to think the Texans were one of the favorites to go far in the playoffs before the season began.

December 31, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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And to think the Texans were one of the favorites to go far in the playoffs before the season began.

Happy New Year, Stu!


And - good luck to your heroes this post season.

December 31, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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Happy New Year, Stu! And - good luck to your heroes this post season.

Thanks! Happy holidays to you too!

December 31, 2013  02:52 PM ET

Odds are he won't be back? Because $10 million per year is chump change? Ungrateful ****.

December 31, 2013  04:15 PM ET

Take the money and don't look back.

 
December 31, 2013  09:22 PM ET

He'll be back if the money is right.

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