Browns release Ben Tate

Last offseason's free agent acquisition was released by the team on Tuesday after eight games.

How quickly things change in the NFL.

On Tuesday, the Browns released running back Ben Tate after his role had steeply declined in the past two games. The team made the announcement in a brief press release.

“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,” Ray Farmer said. “This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward.”

Tate started six of the eight games he appeared in this season. He rushed for 333 yards with four touchdowns and added nine receptions for 60 yards.

Tate opened the season as the starting running back against the Steelers and rushed six times for 41 yards in the season opener before spraining his knee. He missed the next two games and returned after the bye week against the Titans when he rushed for a career best 124 yards on 22 carries.

However, Terrance West started over Tate against the Bengals and Isaiah Crowell did so against the Texans. Against Houston, Tate had just two carries for minus nine yards.

Tate had signed a two-year contract with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent during the off-season.

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